Designing and Deploying Fire-Safe Energy Storage Systems
As we move towards distributed resources, developers across the globe are installing energy storage systems to ensure a reliable power supply. The vast majority of these systems use lithium-ion battery technology due to its relative low-cost. However, concerns remain about the safety of lithium-ion technologies and how they are utilized in fielded projects. Fire events involving energy storage pose an obstacle to widespread adoption. In 2019, South Korea experienced over 20 fires and suspended operations for energy storage projects within the country. The energy storage industry faces increasing obstacles to the mainstreaming of the technologies until these valid safety concerns are adequately addressed. This panel brings together key industry stakeholders, including codes and standards experts, with experience in energy storage product development, system integration, and the evolving regulatory environment within which these systems operate. The panel will explore practical solutions for an agenda of fire-safe energy storage deployment.