What Impacts the Safe Installation of Energy Storage Systems? Webinar Recording

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Energy storage systems are here. 4.2GW of battery storage capacity was added to the U.S. grid in 2021, according to a recent report from BloombergNEF. And while much of that capacity is large scale storage systems, most of us are more likely to see the thousands of residential systems that will go in this year. Whether you are being asked to design, install, or inspect an energy storage system, you’ll want to understand the opportunities energy storage presents and the plan for safe installations. You will engage with a diverse group of panelists to discuss why you should care about the exponential growth of these systems and what you can expect in the coming year. Join and have your questions answered live so you can benefit from the safe and widespread adoption of energy storage. 

Topics include:

  • What roles AHJs play in permitting and inspection
  • UL Standard 9540 and 9540A Test Method
  • Examples of adapting codes and standards for specific locations
  • ESS-readiness codes

Diana Burk

Project Manager

New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute is a non-profit whose mission is to push for better buildings that achieve zero energy, zero carbon and beyond through research, policy guidance and market transformation. Diana works to establish EV infrastructure and other building code requirements both locally and nationally to combat climate change. She also leads a DOE funded project to streamline the permitting and inspection process for Electric Vehicles. She has a B.S. in Physics from Davidson College and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Matt Paiss (Moderator)

Technical Advisor

Pacific Northwest National Lab

Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a Training & Consultation). He brings 28 yrs of emergency response experience retiring as a Fire Captain with the San Jose CA Fire Department. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA. He spent 5 yrs in the semiconductor industry as a field service engineer prior to transitioning to the fire service. Matt has 10 years’ experience on RE Codes & Standards committees and currently serves on NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, UL Standards Technical Panels 9540, 1974, and IEC TC120. He served as a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage and has contributed to the model Fire Code sections on PV & ESS. He has delivered electrical safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide and has spoken across North America and in Europe on fire and PV/ESS Safety.

Michael O'Brian

Fire Chief

Brighton Area Fire Authority (MI)

Michael O’Brian is the Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority. He serves on the IAFC Board of Directors and currently is serving to lead the IAFC Work Group on Lithium Ion Batteries.

Doug Smith

Energy Division Manager

West Coast Code Consultants (WC3)

Doug is the Energy Division Manager for West Coast Code Consultants (WC3). He has also been an inspector/plan reviewer for over 17 years. During his career he has obtained 19 ICC certifications, including Certified Building Official and Master Code Professional. Doug has taught hundreds of electrical, solar photovoltaic, and energy storage system classes throughout the United States. With WC3, he has performed well over 10,000 plan reviews for solar PV and ESS (small & large-scale) for many jurisdictions. He serves on the National Electrical Code as an Alternate Voting Member on Code Panel 10, representing IAEI. Doug also serves as an STP Member for five UL Standards: UL 9540, UL 1703/61730, UL 1741, UL 2703, and UL 6703.

Daniella Leifer

Distributed Generation Ombudsman

Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York

Daniella is the Distributed Generation Ombudsman with Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York.  She leads efforts to identify and resolve barriers to deployment of energy storage systems in the NYC market, by working with local agencies to streamline permitting and approval processes and creating tools and educational resources to assist project developers.  Prior to her role with Sustainable CUNY, Daniella was a training coordinator for a city-wide energy efficient building operations program, and also worked for several years in the non-profit sector.  The part of her job she enjoys most is the creative solution-finding that is involved in meeting the needs of a diverse variety of stakeholders.

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