Workshop on Energy Storage Systems and the Built Environment

The application of electrical Energy Storage Systems (ESS) using technologies such as bulk lithium-ion batteries and flow batteries has proliferated in recent years. The intended deployment of ESS in the built environment is focused on occupancies from high-rise structures to single- and multi-family residences. Local Authorities Having Jurisdictions and emergency responders, along with ESS integrators, installers, insurers and others, are challenged by the lack of clear direction on the overall hazard and optimum approaches to address the hazard, including appropriate built-in fire protection measures and emergency responder strategies and tactics.

The Research Foundation coordinated with the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) to host a workshop on November 19, 2015 with all stakeholders to discuss the installation of ESS and inform firefighting practices.