The Clean Energy Council has released a new quality assurance program that will provide consumers with independent information on the safety of home battery products.

The Battery Assurance Program was launched by Victorian Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, at the All-Energy Australia 2018 Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne on 3 October 2018.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said the new program confirms which home battery products have been tested against the industry’s best practice guidelines.

“Simply put, products that qualify for the Clean Energy Council’s Battery Assurance Program meet the standard we should all expect for a major appliance we are installing in our homes,” Mr Thornton said.

“The products have been independently tested to confirm they are up to the necessary electrical safety and quality standards.

“I would like to thank LG Chem, Sonnen, Tesla and Varta, who have demonstrated that their products meet the best practice guidelines and qualify for the new program.

“Energy storage technology has the potential to completely revolutionise the way we use and think about energy.

“This program is part of a huge suite of initiatives, by the industry for the industry, to ensure the continued confidence of consumers long into the future.”

The industry best practice guide which underpins the assurance program was developed by a collection of groups including the Clean Energy Council, the Australian Industry Group, the Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association, CSIRO and the Smart Energy Council, in collaboration with state electrical safety regulators.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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