Energy Storage Systems Safety and Reliability Forum
April 20-21, 2021 | 10am – 4pm (Eastern)


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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



All times in Eastern (ET)

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 Aqueous Battery Safety
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 Active Cooling to Mitigate Failure Propagation
13:20-13:40 Hsin Wang Oak Ridge National Laboratory Mechanical Testing of Cells and Batteries
13:40-14:10 Adam Barowy UL NRTL Safety Testing Updates
14:10-14:30 Vilayanur Viswanathan Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2nd Life Validation Project
14:30-14:50 Panel Discussion
14:50-15:10 Break
Session 3 – Energy Storage Reliability R&D (Moderator: Charlie Vartanian)
15:10-15:30 Daiwon Choi Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Battery Degradation Testing Update
15:30-15:50 Michael Starke Oak Ridge National Laboratory BESS PCS Reliability
15:50-16:10 Steve Willard Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) BESS Performance Reliability Data Project Update
16:10-16:30 Yuliya Preger Sandia National Laboratories Battery Degradation R&D
16:30-16:50 Panel Discussion
16:50-17:00 Joshua Lamb Sandia National Laboratories Day 1 Wrap

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 Why the ES Safety Collaborative Codes & Standards Report is Important
10:30-11:00 Bill Cantor TPI Engineering The Urgency of NFPA 855, NFPA 1, NFPA 70 Affecting ESS
11:00-11:30 Laurie Florence UL What’s new with UL 9540A and UL 1973 – The CRD Process
11:30-12:00 Michael Ropp Sandia National Laboratories A New ESS Standard for DER/Grid Interconnection
12:00-12:30 Kevin Whitener Pacific General Elecric The impact of IEEE 1547 and 1547.9 from a Grid Interoperability 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 Ytterøningen, Norway ferry fire
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) Case Study of a Vehicle Fire Investigation
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 Cabinet Exhaust System
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
17:10 Adjourn


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