Australia Considers Draft Standard for Onsite Energy Storage

  • Posted by james rivard
  • June 19, 2017 4:30:02 AM PDT

The nonprofit Standards Australia this week released for consultation a draft voluntary standard for onsite battery systems.

The standard, which was prepared jointly by Australian and New Zealand stakeholders, includes provisions for:

  • Installation requirements for all battery systems connected to inverter energy systems, covering all battery types
  • Mitigating hazards associated with battery energy storage system installations
  • Classifying batteries based on hazards, rather than chemistry type

According to Standards Australia, some public concern was raised earlier this year over whether the standard would seek to ban lithium-ion batteries in homes. The organization said that the draft standard seeks to minimize the risk of self-sustaining fires from storage installations, and makes recommendations for certain battery systems to be installed external to a home or adjoining a home with provisions for fire-related safety measures.

The draft standard follows the release on June 9 by the Australian government of the final report of the Independent Review into Future Security of the National Electricity Market. The report outlines a blueprint for achieving the optimal functioning of Australia’s electricity system. The blueprint provides a review of the major energy storage technologies and notes that there is no legally enforceable Australian Standard for the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

There are no international electrical installation standards for battery energy storage, Standards Australia said.





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