Society is electrifying quickly. As a result, the number of Energy Storage Systems (ESS), most of them equipped with lithium-ion batteries, is increasing rapidly. This development goes so fast, that (safety) regulations are often lagging behind and first responders are more and more confronted with incidents concerning ESS. In this online conference, the safety concerns of ESS are addressed, safety tests are discussed and lessons learned from recent incidents are brought to attention.
The target audience of this online conference are employees of fire brigades and related organizations. Whether you are concerned with risk mitigation measurements, involved in responding to incidents or are a policy advisor: this conference will be of interest for you. This conference is useful for officials in municipalities or provinces concerned with the licensing of ESS, as well as representatives from industry.
Nils Rosmuller, Professor of Energy and Transportation Safety at the Institute for Safety, is the host of this meeting. In various brief keynote talks, speakers from Europe and the United States share their experiences and insights about the safety of ESS. Laws and regulations, examples, safety tests and lessons learned are all part of the four hour conference. Of course, it is also possible to ask the speakers questions via the chat.
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Opening Nils Rosmuller, chairmanInstitute for Safety (the Netherlands)
IntroductionMatthew Paiss Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
UL9540: Standard for Energy Storage Systems and EquipmentSean DeCrane Underwriters Laboratories (UL) (United States)
Newest innovations and current developmentsStefan Olstrom en Maarten Mooij, FME (the Netherlands)
Measurements for risk mitigation: a Dutch example, theory vs practiceSander Lepelaar en Tom Hessels, The Netherlands Fire Service & Institute for Safety (the Netherlands)
Safety and regulation for grid-connected battery energy storageRianne ’t Hoen, DNV (the Netherlands)
This session will cover incidents from Arizona, Liverpool, and a Residential battery fire including one solution for reducing explosion risks.
Closing statementImre Gyuk, US Department of Energy (United States)
Closing statementNils Rosmuller, Institute for Safety (the Netherlands)
About Sean DecraneSean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He served in various roles including the Director of Training and Chief of Operations, retiring as a Battalion Chief. DeCrane is currently the Manager of Industry Relations for the Underwriters Laboratories Building Life Safety, Security and Technologies Division. He is responsible for engaging with various industry organizations with a focus on the international fire service including Asia, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
DeCrane has been involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He serves on the UL Fire Council and is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute's Advisory Board. DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. DeCrane served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as the Chair of the Fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee.
Sander Lepelaar has been working for the Dutch safety region Haaglanden as advisor of environmental safety for 8 years. As representative of the Dutch fire service he contributes to the formulation of regulation concerning storage in logistic warehousing and energy storage systems. Together with Tom Hessels and other colleagues abroad he has started an international collaboration on the field of battery safety.
Tom Hessels works as a researcher in the area of energy and transportation safety at the Institute for Safety. In his work, he focusses on the safety aspects of the energy transition. His main topics of interest are battery storage and alternative fuel vehicles.
About presentationAs part of the energy transition, the energy sources that are used are changing from the classic ones such as petrol and gas, to new ones, such as wind and solar. This energy has to be stored in, for example, hydrogen tanks or batteries. However, absence of regulation is a problem.Together with others, Tom Hessels and Sander Lepelaar have written guidelines for energy storage systems in general, as well as for these systems in houses and on top of buildings. In this presentation they will explain how these guidelines were made and what the experiences are with using them in the Netherlands.
About Hans NilsenIncident commander at Bergen fire service. With more than 35 years of work experience as a professional fire fighter.About presentation Fire and explosion on
the ferry MF Ytterøyningen in Norway
On the 11 of October 2019 a fire started at the MF Ytterøyningen on the west coast of Norway, followed by a powerful explosion hours later. The explosion became an eye opener for the potential dangers that one may encounter as a result of a thermal runaway in Lithium-ion batteries.This presentation will focus on the incident at MF Ytterøyningen and will give a detailed timeline of the event, with a focus on lessons learned.
About Matthew PaissMatthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads their ESS safety codes & standards efforts. Prior to joining PNNL, he retired as a Fire Captain after 23 years of experience with the San Jose CA Fire Department, and has delivered PV +ESS training to over 8000 firefighters across N. America.
About presentation ESS incident: Arizona Battery ExplosionThe fire and explosion at the McMicken substation injured eight firefighters and highlighted the risks of li-ion battery explosions and the need for both training as well as changes to the regulations for ESS installations. We will discuss this incident as well as technology developed by PNNL to reduce explosion risks.
About Nils RosmullerI focus on energy and
transportation safety. Innovations in the transportation and the energy
industries are occurring such a rapid succession that the Dutch safety regions
cannot keep up with them. Hence, cooperating with these industries is crucial
for safety regions, on the one hand to learn from them and to acquire
state-of-the-art knowledge and on the other hand, to provide the industries
with input on safety measures (prevention) and incident management
(suppression) regarding their processes.
I am a
goal-oriented scientist, combining the use of empirical data with conceptual
reasoning. I enjoy working together with my colleagues, as well as with other
professionals in the field. My research is scientifically sound, often
design-based, and intended to be used by professionals in their daily work.
About Roeland BisschopRoeland is a project manager at RISE in the
field or energy storage systems (ESS) safety. He is the lead for abusive
testing of ESS, coordinating, planning, and executing abusive tests for
international clients. In addition, he is the project manager for research
projects such as Lion Fire II (Extinguishment and mitigation of fires in
Lithium-ion batteries at sea) and involved in developing new battery test
facilities in Sweden.About presentation: Energy storage
systems – safety challenges and their potential solutionsThe presentation will give a brief review of lithium-ion batteries and other batteries that are used in energy storage systems. In addition, information will be given on how these risks may translate to large-scale energy storage systems based on tests performed at RISE and other test facilities, as well as what systems and methods can be considered to reduce risks to acceptable levels.
About Rianna 't HoenRianne
studied physics at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and did her PhD at
Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (FOM-DIFFER). Since February
2015 she works at DNV, within DNV GL she focuses on the knowledge field of
renewable energy, energy storage, battery safety and workshop & trainings.
She works on technology assessments, market studies, independent project
evaluations and technical research in the role of project manager and technical
consultant.About presentation: Safety
and regulation for grid-connected battery energy storageDecarbonisation and electrification lead to flexibility challenges in the electricity system. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be a key building block to the energy transition. Each energy storage system has inherent risk of uncontrolled release of this energy, it is therefore important to mitigate these risks and avoid introduction of more risks into the society. In this presentation, we will discuss the safety challenges of BESS, current standards and regulations.
About Stefan Olsthoorn & Maarten MooijStefan is Programme Manager Energy, Sustainability and Circularity at FME | Platform Manager at Energy Storage NL
Maarten is Product compliance manager at Super B Lithium Power B.V. and Koolen Industries.
About presentation: Newest innovations
and current developmentsThis presentation will be providing a short
insight in new (B)ESS developments and the safety challenges the market and
manufacturers are confronted with.
About Rocco van TiggeleI have been conducting expertise research for EMN as a Loss-Adjuster since 2019 into the cause, circumstances and extent of claims for insurers. I am specialized in installation technology, electrical engineering, electronics and technical cause research. Fire-investigator since 2014.
I have more than 15 years of experience as a firefighter and 10 years of experience as a fire safety consultant for municipalities according to the Building Decree for the Dutch fire service.
About presentation: Fire ESS MarkerwaddenAn overview of the results of the investigation of a fire in a battery storage system on a remote island.