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On May 26, 1936, eight firefighters were injured while battling a San Francisco blaze that covered a half-mile stretch along the shipping channel.



The fire originated at the South Pacific Main Line trestle and then spread to the three lumber yards south of the channel. While the cause of the fire was undetermined at the time, local fire officials believe it may have started in a pool of oil that was found seeping around the sewer outlets under the Seventh Street trestle.


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With every passing day, the world seems to come up with another novel use for energy storage systems (ESS).


On Wednesday, a United Kingdom-based company called Pivot Power unveiled plans to build a network of at least 45 grid-connected ESS scattered across the nation. The 50-megawatt batteries will serve both as electric-vehicle charging stations, and will also help stabilize the grid during times of high demand. The project is part of a nationwide aim to ban all diesel- and petroleum-fueled vehicles in the UK by 2040.


The project is just the latest example of how big battery systems are being integrated more and more into our global energy networks. (Further proof: the record for the world’s largest lithium-ion battery has been eclipsed four times in the last year).


A new story, “Rapid Advance” in the May/June NFPA Journal takes a detailed look at the expanding role ESS is playing in our world and how NFPA is trying to help firefighters, installers, inspectors, facility owners, manufacturers, and others ensure that the rollout of this vital new technology is done safely. The work includes the new NFPA 855, Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, as well as a new free training being developed for firefighters on responding to ESS fires and other emergencies. The new training will debut at the upcoming NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, June 11-14, which will also have a cadre of other ESS-centric education sessions.


To learn much more about ESS, how and where it is being used, and some of the fire and life safety issues, read “Rapid Advance” in the new issue of NFPA Journal.


For even more background on ESS, check out NFPA Journal's cover story from January 2016, "Power to Spare."

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