THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIRE PREVENTION IN LITHIUM-ION BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

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The stationary Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) market is expected to experience rapid growth. This trend is driven primarily by the need to decarbonize the economy and create more decentralized and resilient, ‘smart’ power grids.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are one of the main technologies behind this growth. With higher energy density, faster charging and longer
life than traditional batteries, they provide significant benefits to BESS operators.

Without appropriate safety measures in place, though, Li-ion batteries may pose a serious fire hazard, which is often a consequence of thermal runaway.

This guide examines some of the main risks associated with Li-ion -based stationery, utility-scale BESSs. It looks at why off-gas early
detection is the optimum fire safety technology to help prevent thermal runaway in BESSs.

The guide analyzes the far-reaching consequences that BESS fires can have. It explains why neither existing fire safety standards and regulations nor traditional fire detection and suppression technology is fit for purpose.

The final section of the guide examines the findings of rigorous testing of off-gas early detection compared to other fire detection and suppression technologies in different BESS fire scenarios.

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