Global certification body, DNV GL, has released new guidelines for the safe installation and operation of energy storage systems.

GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice is an independent set of recommendations that draw on globally accepted regulations and best practices including IEC, ISO and IEE standards.

The recommendations help to guarantee the safe and reliable implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems for all stakeholders including end users, manufacturers, investors and insurance companies.

These recommendations come eight months after DNV GL launched its GRIDSTOR Joint Industry Project, a global consortium for the energy storage sector working together to create a Recommended Practice.

The Joint Industry Project has been pivotal in defining grid-connected energy storage and quality considerations that can successfully impact deployment.

The guidelines clearly define the life cycle phases of energy storage systems and corresponding activities as well as the scope of responsibilities for each player in the industry. This allows for smoother processes, better relationships between those in the value chain and ensuring that all expectations are in sync with everyone involved.

The Recommended Practice has been developed in cooperation with seven other parties consisting of technology producers, grid service providers, energy consultants and universities.

Through incorporating the insight, knowledge and authority of an additional 36 major industry players participating in the review process, the recommendation aim to answer the key questions of stakeholders of grid-connected energy storage systems.

The GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice provides clear and practice-based guidance on energy storage safety, performance and operation.

Careful and unambiguous definition of relevant parameters, concepts and processes promotes clarity and understanding between stakeholders.

With the popularity of storage and the vast number of energy storage systems currently being deployed across the globe, the release of the Recommended Practice is well-timed.

There was also an absence of guidelines available that cover all relevant aspects on a system level as well as component level.

Stephen Tordoff of GRIDSTOR Participant Energy Canvas said, “With energy storage being so important for the transition to more renewables, the GRIDSTOR initiative is timely for the support of solid investment decisions in the development, deployment and operation of energy storage assets. ‎We’re proud to participate with DNV GL and the consortium partners to deliver this relevant project.”

Read the DNV GL Recommended Practice here.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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