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Dienstag, 20. Juni 2017

Australia Considers Draft Standard for Onsite Energy Storage

Australia Considers Draft Standard for Onsite Energy Storage

 
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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