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February Monthly Meeting – Large Scale Testing of Energy Storage Systems

February 19, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Adam Barowy and Sean DeCrane


Presenting on

“Large Scale Testing of Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection and Response Considerations”

Adam Barowy is a Research Engineer with over 10 years experience in large scale fire testing in the laboratory and in the field. Sean DeCrane is a UL fire protection industry liaison and retired Battalion Chief at Cleveland Fire Department.

This presentation will provide a working understanding of UL 9540A, Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems (ESS). UL 9540A provides a methodology to develop data for the fire characteristics of an ESS that undergoes thermal runaway. Test data will be used to determine the fire and explosion protection required of an installation. The data will ultimately be part of an overall submission to authorities having jurisdiction to demonstrate that an installation meets the requirements of codes and standards specific to ESS (IFC, NFPA 855, etc.). It will be the role of the fire protection engineer to design detection, alarm, and suppression systems based on UL 9540A data. Data may also be used by the fire service to understand the hazards involved with particular ESS designs, as well as to develop standard operating procedures and pre-incident plans.

Each February the Chicago SFPE selects a presentation intended to bring fire protection engineers and the fire service together. Members of the fire service are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event will include lunch, a presentation, and a tour of UL’s fire testing facilities. The event capacity will be limited to 45 attendees.

Register HERE.

Registration: 11:30am

Lunch/Presentation begins at 12:00 noon
Tour begins at 1:30 pm

Location: UL LLC
Building 11
333 Pfingsten Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062


$30 for Chapter members

$35 for non Chapter members

$25 for Fire Fighters

$25 for Students with ID


February 19, 2019
11:30 am - 3:00 pm


Kelly Opert


Underwriters Laboratories
333 Pfingsten Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
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