The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has published safety guidelines for deploying energy storage systems that include how to plan for and mitigate potential operational hazards.
The ‘U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines’ paper offers energy storage businesses and users a set of codes, standards, and additional safety guidelines.
To date, 57 signatories have taken the pledge, including companies that have contributed plans and guidelines to the paper, which was published on 17 December.
Last April, ESA announced its Energy Storage Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) Task Force and Corporate Responsibility Pledge, to advance industry safety strategies.
ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman, said: “The energy storage industry’s top priority is the safety of employees, first responders and our communities.
“The ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative puts our best experts together to create a library of vitally important educational resources on safety standards and guidelines to plan for possible hazards and mitigate risk.
“We’re proud to see dozens of industry leaders contributing to responsible management practices.”
As part of the CRI initiative, ESA has issued an Emergency Response Plan template for developers, operators, and host sites; a white paper on Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Lithium-Ion Fire and Thermal Event Safety; and this newest U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines. Forthcoming resources will address reuse, recycling, and safe disposal practices.
This year, ESA also aims to develop additional resources, educational webinars, and networking opportunities as an important benefit of ESA membership.