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The battery storage sector has received new safety guidance, with the publication of AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

The standard has been developed for use by manufacturers, system integrators, designers and installers of battery energy storage systems. It intends to set out the requirements for the safety and installation of battery systems connected to power conversion equipment for the supply of AC and DC power.

“A project of this complexity would not have been possible without the support of industry representatives, government and regulators, consumer representatives and technical experts,” Daniel Chidgey, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at Standards Australia, said.

“Given there has never been an Australian standard for this new technology, developing this guidance has been a huge task and is a testament to the dedication of those involved.”

Sandy Atkins, from the Technical Committee responsible for the standard, said, “This standard achieves a lot for the sector by applying a risk-based process to ensure appropriate installation methods are applied depending on the hazards that are identified.”

While consensus was reached in the development of the standard, differing views have been put forward and considered by the committee of technical experts along the way.

“Although there were alternate technical positions raised throughout the process, this can occur in any consensus project,” Mr Atkins said.

“This standard aims to ensure battery systems are safe, consistent and reliable for the benefit of the Australian community.

“The work calls for consideration of available information, safety objectives and the growth of new technology in complex areas.

“We are proud to have helped drive this key improvement for the sector.”

“The work on battery storage standards in Australia will continue, with this being a new standard it is expected there will be future refinement as the industry evolves,” Mr Chidgey said.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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