Fires can be particularly rich in experience. In 2017, a fire involved […]
Fires can be particularly rich in experience.
In 2017, a fire involved a set of containers containing batteries; it was a first experience for the fire brigade and fire protection specialists.
The ENGIE Energy Storage Park is an experimental site consisting of a set of several containers containing high-capacity batteries and transformers on the Belgian site of Drogenbos (near Brussels). The goal at this time was to test ability to store 20 MWh of renewable energy.
On 11 November 2017, a fire broke out in one of the containers containing charged lithium-ion batteries with a voltage of 750 V. At the arrival of the firefighters, a strong explosion had already ripped off the door of the container.
The operations of firefighting lasted 12 hours, during which almost 1,400,000 litres of water and 400 kg of powder were poured onto the fire.
For the purpose of teaching firefighters and providing feedback to the industry, a technical survey was conducted by the Federal Knowledge Centre for Civil Protection of the ministry of the Interior. A dozen questions led to the drafting of recommendations.
Kurt Vollmacher – Independent Expert New Energies – summarised for ANPI the main elements of the intervention and key questions in an article published in Fire & Security Alert Magazine n° 27 of June 2022.
Read the full article in French:
Incendie dans un système de stockage d’énergie sur batteries (BESS) – Drogenbos, un cas d’école?
Read the full article in Dutch:
Brand in Energie Opslag Systeem op batterijen (BESS) – Drogenbos, een schoolvoorbeeld?
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