September 18, 2023

Nov. 7 Florida Energy Storage Systems Workshop

SEAC's third ESS Workshop brings the discussion about energy storage system technology, codes and standards, and issues with permitting to Alachua County, Florida.

Sustainable Energy Action Committee is excited to announce our third Energy Storage Systems Workshop, located at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida, on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Following a similar format as SEAC’s first two ESS Workshops, the Florida workshop will offer attendees the chance to interact in real time with manufacturers, fire safety officials, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), and other industry leaders. Workshop sessions will address safety and risk considerations associated with ESS permitting.

Attendees will hear presentations from:

  • Philip Oakes, National Association of State Fire Marshals
  • Jessica Slish, Vertiv
  • Larry Wildermuth, Orange County (FL)
  • Mark Baldassari, Enphase Energy
  • and more to come

SEAC’s ESS Workshop is co-located with the 75th Annual Florida Fire Prevention Conference. Click the Register to Attend button for the latest information about on-site lodging.

Registration for the Florida ESS Workshop, whether you attend in person or remotely through videoconferencing, costs $50 per attendee. The program will start at 1 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. EDT.

The workshop is designed for building departments, fire departments, installers, and manufacturers.


Building Energy Storage Systems Safety and Risks

Florida Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

1:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks

1:05 p.m. Overview of session structure

1:10 p.m. Session 1: ESS safety and risks

Topics include

  • Types of ESS
  • Why ESS are being deployed
  • ESS safety standards
  • ESS codes
  • Emergency response

1:50 p.m. Q&A

2:00 p.m. Break

2:05 p.m. Session 2: UL 9540 safety standard & UL 9540A test standard

Topics include

  • Overview of the UL 9540A test procedure covering what it is and what it’s not
  • When authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and installers should look at a UL 9540A report
  • What AHJs and installers should look for in the reports
  • Common issues

2:35 p.m. Q&A

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Session 3: Common issues with permit applications, plan review, and inspections

Topics include

  • Interconnections between batteries, utility services, and generators
  • Residential location requirements
  • What makes a complete application

3:40 p.m. Q&A

3:50 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Session 4: Open discussion

Panelists from the three sessions will participate in an open discussion. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

4:55 p.m. Concluding remarks

5:00 p.m. Close


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