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Energy storage system safety – overview, suggestions and methods

Energy storage system safety - overview, suggestions and methods
This article will explore the safety issues of energy storage systems in depth and provide a series of recommendations and methods to ensure the safe operation of the system.
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    With the rapid development of renewable energy and the continuous growth of power demand, energy storage systems as an indispensable part of the power system, its security issues have attracted more and more attention.

    The safe operation of the energy storage system is not only related to the stability of the power system, but also directly related to the safety of people’s lives and property. Therefore, how to ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system has become an urgent problem to be solved.

    This article will explore the safety issues of energy storage systems in depth and provide a series of recommendations and methods to ensure the safe operation of the system.

    Composition of the energy storage battery system

    The energy storage battery system is mainly composed of lithium-ion battery pack, battery management system (BMS), energy management system (EMS), energy storage converter (PCS) and other electrical equipment.

    Composition of the energy storage battery system

    In the cost composition of the energy storage system, the battery is the most important component of the energy storage system, and the cost accounts for 60%; followed by energy storage inverters, accounting for 20%, EMS (energy management system) costs accounted for 10%, BMS (battery management system) costs accounted for 5%, and other 5%.

    Importance of energy storage system safety

    As an important part of power systems, the safety of energy storage systems is directly related to the stable operation of power systems. Once the energy storage system fails or a safety accident occurs, it may not only result in the interruption of power supply, but also cause significant losses to equipment and personnel.

    Importance of energy storage system safety

    Therefore, it is essential to ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system.

    Major security risks to energy storage systems

    Emergency power supply for buildings is critical to ensure that operations of essential systems continue during power outages.

    • Provide instant backup power through batteries.
    • Mostly used for short periods or bridges the gap until the backup generator engages.
    • Used commonly on telecommunications, critical medical equipment, and computer systems(battery backup for computer).
    • Can also function as protection for power surges and fluctuations.

    Battery safety risks

    Battery is the core component of energy storage systems, and lithium ion battery safety is directly related to the stable operation of the whole system. Battery safety risks include overcharge, over-discharge, short circuit, and thermal runaway, which can cause serious consequences such as battery fire or explosion.

    Electrical safety risk

    Energy storage system involves a large number of electrical equipment, such as converters, switch gear and so on. These devices may have electrical safety risks during operation, such as electrical fires and electric shocks.

    Major security risks to energy storage systems

    Environmental safety risks

    The operating environment of the energy storage system may also have an impact on its safety. For example, harsh environments such as high temperatures and humidity can degrade device performance and even cause safety accidents.

    Suggestions and methods to ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system

    Strengthen battery safety management

    • Choose high quality, high safety battery products, avoid using inferior batteries.
    • Establish a perfect lithium battery BMS to monitor the status of the battery in real time and prevent unsafe behaviors such as overcharge and over-discharge.
    • Periodically maintain and check the battery to discover and handle potential safety risks in a timely manner.
    • Install fire-proof, explosion-proof and other safety facilities around the battery to reduce the risk of safety accidents.

    Suggestions and methods to ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system

    Strengthen electrical safety management

    • Select the electrical equipment that meets the standards to ensure the quality and safety performance of the equipment.
    • Regularly inspect and maintain electrical equipment to discover and handle electrical safety hazards in a timely manner.
    • Take protective measures such as lightning and moisture protection for the electrical equipment to ensure the stable operation of the equipment in harsh environments.
    • Provide regular electrical safety training to operators to improve their safety awareness and operation skills.

    Optimize operation environment management

    • Select an appropriate installation position for the energy storage system to avoid adverse conditions such as high temperature and humidity.
    • Establish a sound monitoring system to monitor the running status and environmental parameters of the energy storage system in real time.
    • Formulate strict operation procedures and emergency plans to ensure prompt response and handling in case of safety accidents.

    Optimize operation environment management

    • Strengthen communication and coordination with fire control, safety supervision and other departments to jointly maintain the safe operation of the energy storage system.

    Strengthening technological research and development and innovation

    • Strengthen research and development of energy storage system safety technology to improve system safety performance and reliability.
    • Advanced safety monitoring and early warning technologies are introduced to realize real-time monitoring and early warning of safety risks of energy storage systems.
    • Strengthen cooperation with universities and scientific research institutions to jointly promote the innovation and development of energy storage system safety technology. Maintain and check the battery regularly to identify and respond to security risks in a timely manner.

    Improve the system of laws, regulations and standards

    • Establish a sound system of laws, regulations and standards for the safety management of energy storage systems, and clarify the responsibilities and obligations of all parties.
    • Strengthen supervision and law enforcement on the safety management of energy storage systems, and ensure that all safety measures are effectively implemented.
    • Encourage and support enterprises to participate in the formulation and revision of energy storage system safety standards, and promote the improvement of industry safety levels.

    Improve the system of laws, regulations and standards

    Conclusion

    The safe operation of the energy storage system is an important guarantee for the stable operation of the power system.

    In order to ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system, we need to take a series of effective measures and methods from the aspects of battery safety management, electrical safety management, operation environment management, technology research and development and innovation, as well as laws, regulations and standard systems.

    Only in this way can we ensure the safe operation of the energy storage system and provide strong support for the stable development of the power system.

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