NFPA and Fire Protection Research Foundation address effectiveness

Published on November 14, 2011
Registration now open for December 6 symposium

November 14, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) are addressing the effectiveness of safety codes and standards as they relate to alternative energy technologies. The Foundation recently released two reports on related topics that will be discussed at the Alternative Energy Technologies and Electrical Safety Standards symposium on December 6, an event they will co-host with NFPA. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

There has been a resurgence in the last several years in the U.S. of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and an increase in the use of other alternative energy sources including photovoltaics and smart grid technology. The successful integration of these new vehicles and other emerging alternative energy technology into the nation’s electrical safety infrastructure depends on the safe implementation, charging and storage of these energy sources and the maintenance of support equipment like charging stations.

The “Alternative Energy Technologies and Electrical Safety Standards” symposium on December 6, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. is aimed at electrical inspectors, installers, engineers and system designers, safety managers, and other professionals involved with alternative energy. The symposium will focus on alternative energy technologies and how they relate to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and associated standards. Visit NFPA’s website for more information or to register online, or call +1 800-344-3555, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (EST).

With recent forecasts indicating that almost one million Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) charge points will be installed in the United States by 2015, the NEC addresses the safety of the built infrastructure with respect to charging. The Foundation’s recent report, “Electrical Vehicle Charging and NFPA Electrical Safety Codes and Standards”, provides additional research and a review of technologies likely to impact electrical safety and its “Smart Grid and NFPA Electrical Safety Codes and Standards” report presents information that is part of a project aimed at facilitating the safe integration of Smart Grid technology in the nation’s electrical safety infrastructure. Both reports present assessments of needed changes to codes and standards and a roadmap for needed research on this topic.

Additional reports on electrical safety regarding alternative energy technologies and their relationship to NFPA codes and standards, including the “Lithium Ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment” report are available at www.nfpa.org/foundation.

 About the Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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