Australia Considers Draft Standard for Onsite Energy Storage
June 15, 2017
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
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.