Energy Storage Systems Safety and Reliability Forum
April 20-21, 2021


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The 2021 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum provides a platform for discussing the current state of ESS Safety & Reliability and stratagems for improving cell-to-system level safety and reliability. This forum will provide an overview of work in, and creating the future of, energy storage safety and reliability. It offers a unique mix of learning from subject matter experts and stakeholders in energy storage. For more information please contact Joshua Lamb at


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time Presenter Organization Topic
10:00-10:10 Joshua Lamb Sandia National Laboratories Welcome and Outline of Workshop
10:10-10:30 Dr. Imre Gyuk U.S. DOE, Director of Energy Storage Research, Office of Electricity Introduction
Session 1 – New Advances in Battery Safety and Reliability R&D (Moderator: Joshua Lamb)
10:30-10:50 John Hewson Sandia National Laboratories Modeling and Analysis of Battery Safety
10:50-11:10 Reed Wittman Sandia National Laboratories Overview of Aqeous Battery Safety and Reliability Concerns
11:10-11:30 Guosheng Li Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Reliability Testing of Na Metal Halide, Fe-Ni, and Pb Acid Batteries/Modules
11:30-11:50 Vijay Murugesan Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Electrolyte Degradation Mechanisms in Pb Acid Batteries
11:50-12:10 Judy Jeevarajan UL Aging and Safety of Li-ion Cells and Modules of Two Different Formats
12:10-12:30 Panel Discussion
12:30-13:00 Break
Session 2 – Battery Safety Testing (Moderator: Loraine Torres-Castro)
13:00-13:20 Loraine Torres-Castro Sandia National Laboratories Mitigation of Failure Propagation: A Model-Based Experimental Design
13:20-13:40 Hsin Wang Oak Ridge National Laboratory Mechanical Testing of Cells and Batteries
13:40-14:10 Adam Barowy UL UL 9540A Installation Level Research Tests – Safety Considerations for Outdoor Containerized Li-Ion ESS
14:10-14:30 Vilayanur Viswanathan Pacific Northwest National Laboratory EV/Hybrid Battery 2nd Life Test Protocol Development
14:30-14:50 Panel Discussion
14:50-15:10 Break
Session 3 – Energy Storage Reliability R&D (Moderator: Charlie Vartanian)
15:10-15:20 Charlie Vartanian Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Update on Energy Storage Reliability Codes and Standards Activities
15:20-15:40 Daiwon Choi Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Battery Degradation Testing Update
15:40-16:00 Michael Starke Oak Ridge National Laboratory BESS PCS Reliability
16:00-16:20 Steve Willard Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) BESS Performance Reliability Data Project Update
16:20-16:40 Yuliya Preger Sandia National Laboratories Degradation of Commercial Li-ion Cells Beyond 80% Capacity
16:40-17:00 Panel Discussion
17:00 Joshua Lamb Sandia National Laboratories End of Day 1

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time Presenter Organization Topic
10:00-10:10 Joshua Lamb Sandia National Laboratories Welcome and Outline of Day 2
Session 4 – Codes, Standards, and Regulatory Environments (Moderator: Chris Searles)
10:10-10:30 Chris Searles Sandia National Laboratories, IEEE ESSB Committee, BAE Batteries, CGS Associates ES Safety Collaborative Codes and Standards Update
10:30-11:00 William Cantor Chair ESSB Codes Working Group NFPS 855, NFPA1, NFPA 70 and its Effects on Stationary Batteries and Energy Storage Systems
11:00-11:30 Laurie Florence UL UL 9540A – Evolving to Meet the Safety Challenges of BESS
11:30-12:00 Michael Ropp Sandia National Laboratories IEEE P1547.9 A new Standard to Help Streamline Energy Storage Interconnection to Distribution
12:00-12:30 Kevin Whitener Portland General Elecric IEEE 1547 and 1547.9 from a User’s Perspective
12:30-13:00 Jim McDowall SAFT Codes and standards as drivers for ESS Battery Design
13:00-13:30 Break
Session 5 – Recent Events and Investigations (Moderator: Joshua Lamb)
13:30-13:50 Hans Nilsen Bergen Fire Department Fire and explosion on the ferry MF Ytterøyningen Norway
13:50-14:10 David Rosewater Sandia National Laboratories Grid-scale Energy Storage Hazard Analysis & Design Objectives for System Safety
14:10-14:30 Thomas Barth National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Risks to Emergency Responders from Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles
14:30-14:50 Joshua Lamb Sandia National Laboratories Development of DOE Energy Storage Safety Strategy Document
14:50-15:10 Panel Discussion
15:10-15:20 Break
Session 6 – Balance of Plant Safety Considerations (Moderator: Matt Paiss)
15:20-15:40 Timothy Riley Pyrophobic Using intumescent composite materials to provide thermal separation: Lithium Battery Fire Passive Containment
15:40-16:00 Matt Paiss Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ESS Explosion Prevention
16:00-16:20 Paul Hayes American Fire Technologies Deflagration and Venting Evaluations for Enclosures
16:20-16:40 Nick Frank Nexceris Advancing safety in energy storage systems through pre- and post- incident gas monitoring
16:40-17:00 Panel Discussion
1700-17:10 Dr. Imre Gyuk Department of Energy Closing Remarks