Effective Fire Suppression Systems in Advanced Batteries is Imperative to Ensure Safety

Ed Ruggles, CSO • Fireaway Inc.

Bob Richard, President • Hazmat Safety Consulting, LLC

 

This presentation will provide an overview of how Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing Systems can reduce the risks and enhance safety for small to large utility-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage systems.  This presentation will include a discussion of the applicable standards (UL 9540, 9540A, NFPA 2010 and 855) and testing that has been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing Systems. The presentation will also discuss and explain the advantages of using Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing Systems over other fire suppression systems such as water sprinkler systems including cost, reduced installation burdens (e.g. no piping or manifolding required), avoidance of damage to equipment, lack of human health concerns and ease of cleanup. 

Ed Ruggles has over 28 years of fire suppression experience and is responsible for all global sales activities at Fireaway Inc. His fire suppression background includes design, equipment selection and testing of various suppression solutions including clean gas, dry chemical, inert gas, foam, and aerosols.  Since joining Fireaway in 2017 his key focus has been the promotion of Stat-X Aerosol fire suppression providing innovative solutions in green energy markets and applications  including ESS, BESS, Gas Turbine Generators, and  Wind Turbines. 

Bob Richard and his team at Hazmat Safety Consulting, LLC provide dangerous goods regulatory assistance to customers worldwide by drawing on their vast experience, knowledge of the hazardous materials regulations and extensive network of dangerous goods professionals worldwide. From 2006-2010, Bob served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where he was responsible for directing approximately 150 hazardous materials transportation specialists and the day-to-day operation of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Program. Bob is a member of several hazardous materials trade associations. He is the Executive Director of the Medical Device Battery Transport Council (MDBTC).  Bob has written numerous articles on the transport of hazardous materials that have been published in blogs, trade journals and newsletters worldwide. 

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