Battery Safety Science Webinar Series: Fire Service Considerations – Investigation of AZ Li-ion ESS Incident
Please join us on May 24, 2021, for our next battery safety science webinar during which Dr. Steve Kerber and Dr. Mark McKinnon of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) will present “Fire Service Considerations – Investigation of AZ Li-ion ESS Incident.”
On April 19, 2019, one male career Fire Captain, one male career Fire Engineer, and two male career Firefighters received serious injuries as a result of cascading thermal runaway within a 2.16 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) that led to a deflagration event.
This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the incident, the contributing factors determined through the investigation, and recommendations for the fire service, code officials, utility companies, and manufacturers to prevent similar incidents.
Steve is Vice President of Research for Underwriters Laboratories and Director of the UL FSRI where he leads a fire safety research team dedicated to addressing the world’s unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers to reduce death, injury, and loss from fire. Steve leads research in the areas of fire safety engineering, firefighter safety, fire forensics, and fire science. A 13-year veteran of the fire service, with most of his service in Prince George's County Maryland where he served at ranks up through Deputy Chief, he received his degrees in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Lund University in Sweden.
Mark has an M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His research at UL FSRI is focused on material property determination to support fire modeling.