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Energy Storage Safety

Electrical energy storage is on the cusp of a revolution. New technologies are rapidly being introduced into the market and being deployed, heightening the visibility of energy storage and demonstrating their ability to improve the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. However, these emerging systems, with varying technology readiness levels, are still in their infancy regarding safety policies, testing, evaluation protocols, and the knowledge of the component and system level impacts to safety, as well as ensuring any incidents associated with system installations can be readily remedied.

Dr. Imre Gyuk, director of DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Energy Storage Program, has recognized the need to address safety. As a result, Sandia National Laboratories and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are leading the effort to ensure the scientifically based safety validation of safety for energy storage systems. In the words of Dr. Gyuk, "We want energy storage to reach full acceptance as a component of the electric grid. For this to happen, a number of things must occur: the feasibility of storage technologies, competitive costs and established value, a regulatory framework, and safety. If the community doesn't have validated safety, they don't have a product."

This website is intended to present the current work to address Energy Storage Safety. We recognize that safety is a multi-faceted issue that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner by many organizations and stakeholders, each with varying safety concerns, challenges, and needs. We encourage you to explore and utilize the information available on this site and advise us how we can most effectively ensure that these efforts are meeting the needs of the ESS community in ensuring the timely and cost-competitive deployment of safe energy storage technology.