Fire Safety for Battery Energy Storage Systems: Practical Considerations for Fire Fighting, Ventilation, and What this Means for the Codes

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Kayla Plante Kayla Leary
Marketing Communications Advisor, Americas

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Event Information

  • Dónde:

    Pennwell Webinar

  • Lugar de celebración:

    Online, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

DNV GL and Rescue Methods have been engaged on joint fire testing programs for energy storage systems spanning a number of battery chemistries and technologies. In their work, they have tested battery cells, modules, and fully integrated systems and have learned many lessons about the complexity and variation in fire behavior at these scales.  

During the webinar, speakers addressed issues such as:

  • Is water the best extinguisher? When is it not okay to use water?
  • What considerations are there for ventilation?
  • What are the toxicity concerns?
  • What are the flammability concerns?
  • Are any batteries excluded from safety considerations?
  • What is the role of the BMS in battery fire safety?
  • What considerations should first responders make during overhaul?
  • What is the status of code updates to accommodate new information?
  • What do these findings imply for the industry?

Who should view the on-demand video?

  • Battery System Component Suppliers
  • Building Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • First Responders
  • Insurers
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • Project Developers
  • Safety and Standards Authorities
  • System Operators / Planners

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to identify:

  • Appropriate use of extinguishers
  • Considerations for safer battery design
  • Ventilation strategies
  • First responder guidance


Davion Hill - Gray Background Davion Hill , Ph.D., is 2015 President of NAATBatt International and Energy Storage Leader for DNV GL North America. Dr. Hill has over 10 years’ experience as a contract R&D consultant, serving as Principal Investigator on ARPA-e, NYSERDA, and the California Energy Commission technical R&D programs related to battery energy storage performance and safety. Dr. Hill won and led DNV GL’s first ever ARPA-e award, as well as its second. Dr. Hill also created DNV GL’s first hybrid power for oil & gas operations program in North America. In his tenure with NAATBatt, Dr. Hill founded and led the creation of NAATBatt SD, a strategic development program allowing NAATBatt members to seed-fund precompetitive R&D efforts. Dr. Hill has led, chaired, or participated in multiple panels on the topics of battery safety with NYBEST, NAATBatt, and ESA. He is an accomplished author with over 30+ peer reviewed publications and articles. 

Nick Warner grey background Nick Warner works for DNV GL as a senior test engineer within the distributed energy resources (DER) group. He completed his Master’s work in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research working in and running the Battery and Energy Storage Laboratory. His work focused on second use of automotive lithium batteries in grid applications. In addition to his main work, he has assisted with and run projects involving the development of hybrid energy storage systems and state of the art algorithms for battery management systems.

At DNV GL, Nick has focused primarily on safety topics related to battery storage integration as well as failure analysis of energy storage systems. Additionally, he has applied his experience in battery testing to supporting battery degradation, performance validation, and failure analysis projects as well as the evaluation of materials for passive safety applications. These hands on skills are also being applied to the validation of state of the art technologies for deployment in grid storage applications.

Dalan Zartman grey background Dalan Zartman is President and founder of Rescue Methods LLC., as well as a 16 year career veteran of the fire service. He is a certified fire and rescue instructor, rescue technician level II, paramedic, and public safety diver. Dalan has developed emergency services curriculums and provided subject matter expertise for the Ohio EMA, Department of Homeland Security, and both private and governmental agencies internationally and is a columnist for global trade journals and media sites. Dalan and the Rescue Methods team operate under the auspice of Bowling Green State University and have trained thousands of students in both the private and public sector in emergency services topics. Rescue Methods also provides stand by rescue services, fire based research/testing, and safety consulting for energy providers and industrial clients.