Battery fires within energy storage systems (ESS’s) aren’t as rare as one might think.  The reason they are often underpublicized and, fortunately, there haven’t been more tragedies (such as the four critically injured firefighters in Surprise, AZ in 2019), is because ESS’s are often installed away from residential or commercial areas.  However, with the ongoing adoption of renewable energy production,…

The threat of thermal runaway in an energy storage system (ESS) is often thought of as a fire hazard, but just as important is its explosion risk.  Along with the intense heat generated from each affected battery cell during thermal runaway is a dangerous mixture of offgas. According to NFPA 855 (A.9.6.5.6), thermal runaway results in the offgassing of “mixtures…

Q&A with Tom Farrell on Conquering Thermal Runaway Propagation We recently interviewed Tom Farrell, Principal Engineer of Test and Validation Engineering at Fike Corporation about the dangers of thermal runaway, the solutions currently used to mitigate its effects, the effectiveness of Fike’s solution Fike Blue, and more about the advancement of safety in the energy storage industry.  Q. Why aren’t…