This past week at the NFPA Conference and Expo in Boston, MA, the Fire Protection Research Foundation awarded the Research Foundation Medal, recognizing the research project completed in the prior year that best exemplifies the Fire Protection Research Foundation‘s (1) fire safety mission, (2) technical challenges overcome, and (3) collaborative approach to execution that is the hallmark of all Foundation projects.
There were 15 eligible projects in 2016, and the recipient is included in a noteworthy outreach messaging effort that includes multiple communications directed at the specific stakeholder audiences.
This year’s Foundation Medal Project is “Lithium Ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment—Phase 3”, with full scale test work conducted at FM Global at their West Gloucester facility under the direction of Benjamin Ditch, and the final report authored by Thomas Long Jr. and Andrew Blum of Exponent, Inc., made possible through funding from the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG). This research project is the third phase in a project aimed at developing a guidance protocol for fire protection of lithium-ion batteries for storage. The report seeks to provide technical data to NFPA 13 to fill the knowledge gap in understanding if lithium-ion batteries in storage require different storage.
The Foundation Medal was presented to Benjamin Ditch of FM Global on behalf of all those involved in the project.