Battery Storage Safety

Battery Storage Safety

April 18, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“We are in the process of building our first 20MW BESS. This session provides lots of background information for safety in design, operating and maintenance, and emergency preparedness.” Senior Apparatus Engineer, SaskPower

“Great course to learn of the governing codes & standards and what they require.” Assistant Mechanical Engineer, NYPA

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are now in widespread use for a variety of applications, such as frequency regulation, demand response, transmission and distribution infrastructure deferral, integration of renewable energy, and microgrids.

Yet, as storage deployment proliferates in the utility and power system mainstream, gaps in safety practices for energy storage have become apparent. The most ubiquitous storage technology, lithium-Ion batteries – though generally safe — have been linked to fire, explosion, and hazardous material exposure under several conditions.

This course will give attendees a thorough grounding in the basics of safe battery storage such as:

  • Familiarization with different types of battery storage
  • Identifying different types of safety hazards
  • Learning how to design and operate for safety
  • Testing standards and how to safely decommission/recycle batteries

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the different types of battery storage
  • Identify the different types of safety hazards for batteries
  • Review the hazards associated with each type of battery
  • Discuss the testing standards and certifications for safety
  • Discuss how to design for safety and operating safely
  • Examine installation measures for batteries
  • Explain how to safely operate battery storage
  • Discuss decommissioning & removal practices

Registration & Attendance Criteria

This course is open to utilities, power and energy industry operating companies (see above), software vendors, consumer groups, project developers and regulators only.  Registrations that do not meet this criteria – or that may be construed as a competitive conflict – will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may not qualify for attendance.  Any determination as to the fulfillment of a registration to attend this program shall reside solely with EUCI.  Questions re: the application of this restriction can be addressed to [email protected].


Tuesday, April 18, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

Quick Review of Battery Types

    1. Lead-Acid
    2. Lithium-Ion
    3. Other Non-flow chemistries that are commercial
    4. Redox Flow batteries
    5. Organic Flow batteries
    6. Plating Flow batteries

Battery Safety Hazards

    1. Leakage and spills
    2. Stray voltage
    3. Off-gassing
    4. Thermal run away
    5. Toxic fumes
    6. Hazardous waste
    7. Power quality
    8. Other

Battery Type vs. Hazard

    1. Which battery types have which hazards
    2. Variations in a chemical family (e.g. Li-Ion)

Standards That Apply to Safety

    1. NFPA 855
    2. NFPA (NEC) 70
    3. IEEE 1625
    4. IEEE 1725
    5. ISO/IEC 17025
    6. UN/DOT 38.3
    7. Other safety standards

Testing Standards and Certifications

    1. UL 1642 Lithium Cell
    2. UL 2054 Safety Requirements for Household and Commercial Batteries
    3. UL 2580
    4. UL 1989 Standby Batteries
    5. UL/CSA/IEC 60950 (may be evaluated in conjunction with UL 2054)

Designing for Safety

    1. Which standards apply to your project
    2. Which chemistry best fits your use case(s)
    3. Optimizing non-flow batteries deployment
      • Siting considerations
      • Containment measures
    4. Civil and electrical infrastructure limits/issues/concerns
    5. Housing and other occupied structures around your site
    6. What comes “out of the box” from the battery manufacturer
    7. All hazards associated with specific chemistry chosen

General Installation Measures

    1. Fire suppression system
    2. The right firewalls/construction type
    3. Enough room to get emergency vehicles into the site
    4. Sources of water for emergency use
    5. Secondary containment
    6. Proper grounding
    7. Arc flash prevention/safe distances
    8. Automated protection system(s) — electrical fire, off-gassing etc.
    9. Proper sensors for any hazard
    10. Examples of design/code considerations for various sizes of kW

Operating Safety

    1. Use case and the battery limits
    2. Maintenance
    3. Limits to operation

Decommissioning & Removal

    1. Batteries life and variations
    2. Design that incorporates decommissioning

*Throughout the discussion, to illustrate points, compare and contrast safety concerns, design issues, etc., two battery deployment examples will be used — a 1 MW/4 MWH Li-Ion battery setup and a 5MW/40 MWH flow battery


Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

Doug Houseman is the Grid Modernization Lead for Burns and McDonnell. He has been working on storage issues since 1980, when he was involved with a number of DOD projects.  As a long-time industry veteran, Mr. Houseman has worked on all seven continents and in more than 70 countries on grid-related issues.  Before joining the Burns & McDonnell, he was previously the Vice President for Technical Innovation at EnerNex, and the CTO for Energy at Capgemini.  He is the Chairman of the IEEE PES Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, a member of several standards working groups, and the author of CEATI’s Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap, as well as the Low Carbon Menu.  In addition, Mr. Houseman is a member of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, and a NIST Resiliency Fellow.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Battery Storage Safety

April 18, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 17, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

Individuals working in the following areas will benefit from attending this event:

  • Distributed level renewable energy project developers
  • Grid level renewable energy project developers
  • Utility management
  • Technical staff
  • Regulators
  • RTOs/ISOs
  • Consultants
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Renewables system
  • Solicitation / Procurement staff
  • Resource Planning staff
  • Transmission staff
  • Distribution staff
  • Regulatory staff
  • Storage vendors