Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are key components used to support local and national power generation and distribution facilities. Battery storage systems are connected to the grid and designed to balance the variation between supply and demand. Energy storage systems (ESS) support the grid by discharging batteries for added power during peak usage hours.
In September of 2020, NFPA 855 the Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems was published. NFPA 855 includes specific chapters that provide guidance regarding the minimum fire protection requirements for stationary energy storage systems. This includes systems currently in use by utilities.
Stat-X® aerosol fire suppression is an excellent choice when protecting BESS and ESS hazards in segregated buildings or mobile and fixed containers. A complete suppression solution would include detection devices, system controls, and Stat-X aerosol generators placed throughout the hazard for maximum fire suppression efficiency.
The following video shows the effectiveness of our Stat-X condensed aerosol during a third-party fire test protocol. This test included 75-amp hour (lithium) polymer cell batteries. The initial fire was extinguished and until agent venting, residual Stat-X aerosol remained in test chamber post fire extinguishment. If sufficient aerosol density is maintained, Stat-X can play a role in controlling potential re-flash typical with lithium ion battery fires.