New Englanders responsible for public safety, do you know what you need to know about energy storage systems?

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Sep 6, 2017

photo courtesy of Duke Energy


NFPA is collaborating with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), and NEC Energy Solutions to deliver Energy Storage Technology – Fundamentals, Applications and Safety, an educational session on energy storage systems (ESS) this fall in Sterling, Massachusetts.


The free one-day learning opportunity on October 19 is being offered in support of the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program ESS Safety Roadmap. The classroom portion of the event will cover ESS fundamentals and safety tips at the Chocksett Inn; hands-on field training will take place nearby in the afternoon at an ESS installation at the Sterling Municipal Light Department. SMLD is the largest energy storage grid solution of its kind in New England. It was installed and commissioned by NEC Energy Solutions and was the first utility scale ESS project in Massachusetts.


State and local authorities including public safety officers, code enforcers, contractors, installers, inspectors and first responders will all find the session worthwhile. The class is suitable for those that work on the review and approval of plans and specifications, installation, field inspection, the approval process, or incident response. Participants will learn about technology, how it works, various applications, safety issues, mitigation tips, recommended response strategies, and updates to standards so that ESS safety is addressed. 


NFPA staff members are scheduled to discuss the codes that apply to safe ESS installation, as well as emergency response best practices. Subject matter experts from the different collaborating organizations and representatives from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) will share insight on testing, certification and experiences with ESS installations.


NFPA is actively engaged in a number of ESS initiatives including standards development, training, and research projects aimed at promoting the continued safe and sustainable expansion of this renewable technology. Additionally, NFPA has created a quick reference guide for first responders and the nation’s only online training to help the fire service handle the unique challenges presented by new technologies. NFPA’s free Energy Storage System Safety Training Course is a four-hour, self-paced, online program that uses engaging videos, animations, simulations, and review exercises to inform emergency responders about ESS.


Energy Storage Technology – Fundamentals, Applications and Safety is a first-time education program for New England stakeholders that currently ensure the safety of ESS or may do so in the future. The educational session has been scheduled in a convenient location so that New England authorities can drive to and from the event from different parts of the region without overnight accommodations. Attendees are encouraged to offer feedback on program content and structure so that the training can be enhanced and implemented in other parts of the country.


ESS is a hot topic, and this complimentary training promises to inform different stakeholders who are looking to be well-informed in their various roles. If you are interested in attending, register today.