Energy Storage System Emergencies

Solar Panel FireIf an energy storage system (battery) is burning, immediately contact PPL EU, and wait for their personnel to arrive.

  • Isolate the area at least 300 feet in all directions. Keep unauthorized persons away.
  • Protect exposures outside of the immediate hazard area, such as trees and buildings, to prevent fire from spreading.
  • Wait for PPL personnel to give the go-ahead to begin firefighting.
  • Use a firefighting method appropriate for the specific chemistry of the battery. For example, lithium-ion batteries should be doused with “copious amount of water” to prevent re-ignition during thermal runaway.

Explore the safety training resources on energy storage and other distributed energy resources offered by the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Emergency-Responders/High-risk-hazards/Energy-Storage-Systems