In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the deployment of lithium ion batteries in energy storage systems (ESS). Many ESS are being deployed in both in high rise structures and single- and multi-family residences. Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) along with the ESS integrators and installers are challenged by the lack of clear direction on fire protection and suppression in these installations. Without a recognized hazard assessment made available to standards developers, AHJs, emergency responders, and industry, guidance on safe installation of these systems will lack a technical basis.
Research Goal: The Foundation seeks a project contractor to develop a hazard assessment of the usage of lithium ion batteries in ESS. This project is part of an overall initiative with the goal to develop safe installation practices, fire protection guidance, and appropriate emergency response tactics for ESS.
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