The German solar industry association, BSW Solar, has created an extensive report on safety for lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems for home use, and plans to publish an English language version next week.
Christian Hallerberg, spokesman for BSW Solar, told PV Tech this morning that the report, currently published in German only, is in the process of being translated and will hopefully be available in English during next week.
Safety standards for energy storage systems, which is a relatively new technology in terms of widespread deployment, has been an issue of concern for many in the solar and electrical industries for some time. Standardisation of safety rules is still being developed, even in Germany which has a rapidly maturing market for energy storage systems, with some industry sources predicting that residential system sales in the country will number in the tens of thousands within a handful of years.
The 24-page report has been compiled in conjunction with BSW Solar’s energy storage counterpart, the Federal Association of Energy Storage (BVES) and related trade associations in the electrical and technology sector. Testing laboratories VDE, TUV Rheinland and CETECOM agreed on uniform test criteria for the study.
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