Codes & Standards, Fire Prevention & Protection

Energy Storage System Installations: Fire Service Awareness

Issue 5 and Volume 173.

By Sean DeCrane and George Healy I (DeCrane) still remember the phone call almost four years ago from Lieutenant Paul Rogers of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). At the time, I was representing the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in the building and fire code development processes and standards and he was assigned as a hazmat specialist for the FDNY Fire Prevention Bureau. The FDNY was receiving an increasing number of permit submittals for the installation of energy storage systems (ESS). ESS are not new. New York City has thousands of buildings with uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) in place using lead-acid batteries. They provide power for a short duration during an outage. What is unique is the number of proposed ESS using lithium-ion batteries. ESS can be used more dynamically to deliver energy during peak hours; they are charged during off-peak hours. (1) This New York City…

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