21 August 2017
A new publication from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has set the guidelines for the correct installation of electrical energy storage systems (EESS) in properties across the UK, which will better equip the industry and give consumers more confidence in their safety.
The IET Code of Practice for Electrical Energy Storage Systems is the first detailed and standardised best practice guide for EESS and was developed in response to limited technical guidance on the correct, safe and effective application of energy storage devices.
The 80-page publication covers all types of electrical and electrochemical energy storage systems for industrial, commercial and domestic applications, as well as integration into low voltage power systems. It also includes detailed information on the specification, design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of batteries.
The IET worked with several industry stakeholders and experts in energy storage to create the Code of Practice. Frank Gordon, Policy Manager, Renewable Energy Association, formed part of the advisory board and comments: “We were very keen to see a Code such as this developed which is why we worked with the IET. As a fast growing industry, energy storage installations need to happen in the right way to prevent the current lack of clear guidance damaging the reputation of the industry.”
Andrew Crossland from Solarcentury/MyGridGB was also involved in the publication and states: “The Code is key to providing consumer and installer confidence in how to install energy storage safely in properties around the UK. It is a landmark document.”
The release of the publication follows plans from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the energy regulator Ofgem for a major upgrade of the UK’s energy system alongside a major investment programme for energy storage and electric vehicles.