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    Fire Safety for Grid-Tied Batteries is Addressed by Duke Energy's Jay Sadler on the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast

    September 8, 2022 - Energy Central


      With a unique combination of experience across the firefighting industry and the power generation sector, Jay Sadler, Energy Storage Operations Lead at Duke Energy, is the leading utility voice on battery fire safety and he's been taking that knowledge on the road to spread the insight. As the key technologies used by utilities across the country evolve, so too must the institutional knowledge and protocols to be able to handle that new technology. A key technological area where utilities are becoming more and more accustomed with each passing year is with batteries, whether that's large grid-tied batteries, residential energy storage installations, or even electric vehicle batteries. The transformation of the grid is bringing batteries to the utility landscape at an unprecedented scale, and to make this trend even more challenging the technologies behind batteries are in a constant state of flux as well.

      Most people have seen the scary videos of batteries or electric vehicles catching fire and the uncertainty that may come for less trained people in how to handle such fires due to the unique chemical elements in play during a battery fire. Jay Sadler is seeking to wipe away that uncertainty by training utilities and local emergency response teams alike on the proper practices for battery fire safety. For example, Jay noted during the podcast conversation:

      "We have a multilayer approach. So we hold an initial meeting on site during the construction and it's usually right after the major components have been set on the site. During this meeting, we're going to invite all the first responders, anybody that may respond to our site for a fire emergency, we're going to have them there on site. We're going to introduce them to lithium-ion technology. How does a battery energy storage system work? We're going to start talking about the hazards of the battery. We'll give them our first responder safety brochure. It gives them some really good generic on arrival instructions. In other words, what do they do when they get to the site if they're coming or responding to an event? We always want to make sure they know how to get ahold of us. We ask them to put one of these brochures up on their visor of every one of their trucks, and believe it or not, they show up to the second training, probably about 50% of them standing there holding their brochures. So we know it's getting to them. They're understanding this is very important."

      This entry into the podcasts, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Episode #94: 'Prioritizing And Advancing Battery Fire Safety At Utilities' With Jay Sadler Of Duke Energy [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

      The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and an energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We also have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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