The Clean Energy Council has introduced new installation guidelines for battery storage, greatly simplifying the process for installers.

Clean Energy Council Accreditation Manager Sandy Atkins said the new guidelines brought together about half a dozen different standards affecting battery storage, providing a one-stop shop for those in the industry.

“Battery systems have additional risks associated with their installation, including electric shock hazards, energy hazards and chemical hazards,” Mr Atkins said.

“It is obviously important that industry professionals take these extremely seriously and operate in a way that ensures the safety of themselves, their colleagues and consumers.

“The new guidelines are written in plain language and greatly simplify the process to help installers comply with safety standards. The document includes methods for arranging batteries and addressing risk for different types of batteries,” he said.

The guidelines will have a six month phase-in period before becoming a requirement for installers who are accredited for battery installation to follow from October 2016.

The Install Guidelines for Grid-Connected Energy Systems with Battery Storage were released by the Clean Energy Council today and are now available on the Solar Accreditation website.

 

Clean Energy Council energy storage workshop and training
The Clean Energy Council is holding workshops and training courses on 15 June on the recycling, transport and warehousing of home energy storage devices.

CEC Technical and Compliance Specialist Luke Pickles discusses why this part of the story is so important for this rapidly-emerging industry:

Why is storage important for the renewable energy sector?

Home energy storage is a technology with huge implications for the way everyone uses electricity.

And of course it’s a perfect complement to renewable energy, whether that’s the kind people generate themselves from their solar panels or larger-scale storage attached to a wind or solar farm.

A lot of policymakers are getting charged up about storage as well, and Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has confirmed that she will open the event.

Why is there so much interest, given not many systems have been installed?

Almost no-one predicted the sudden success of solar power a decade ago, and so everyone was taken by surprise.

With storage it’s the reverse – everyone knows it’s coming and that it will be a big market. We have a fantastic opportunity to get some good systems and regulation in place before the technology becomes mainstream.

The industry is currently thinking very carefully about all aspects of home battery storage, from transport and installation through to ongoing servicing and recycling.

Why is there a need for a workshop like this?

Home battery storage is an exciting technology of the future, but these systems are not risk-free. it’s extremely important that these systems are transported, stored and installed correctly.

Safety is paramount for industry professionals and consumers, and this event will bring together companies, installers, safety regulators and government policymakers to get a better understanding of what best practice is and how they can make it part of their business.

What will people learn?

The morning workshop will look at predictions for battery use and disposal out to 2030, as well as current regulations for transport and warehousing of products, recycling options and what we believe are the current regulatory and infrastructure gaps.
The training in the afternoon is specifically on the transport of battery systems, across road, rail, sea and air.

Why is recycling important?

Some great end-of-life recycling programs already exist for lithium-ion batteries from laptops and mobile phones.

These give us some great bones to build on, but they will need to be expanded in a big way if home energy storage takes off in the next few years as many people are predicting. The good news is that we have an opportunity to work together and develop a world-class system before the technology becomes mainstream.

Event details:
Wednesday 15 June
Workshop 8.30am –  1.00pm.
Training 2.00pm –  5.00pm

Clean Energy Council, Level 15, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000

Workshop ticket: $60 for members, $80 for non-members.
Training session: $80 for members, $100 for non-members
Workshop + training: $130 for members, $160 for non-members