IChemE convenes Battery Energy Storage Systems roundtable discussion

IChemE convenes Battery Energy Storage Systems roundtable discussion

13th December 2023

A cross-sector roundtable discussion focusing on Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) safety was convened by IChemE in London, UK, earlier today. The hybrid in-person/virtual discussion was chaired by IChemE Deputy President, Mark Apsey MBE, UK Managing Director for renewable energy firm Ameresco.

As the UK moves to decarbonise our electricity system, BESS will be critical to this energy transition, enabling ramp-up of renewable electricity usage, and managing the supply/demand balance across the macro scale of the national grid and the micro scale of domestic properties. This emerging and fast-moving area of the energy transition needs careful management to ensure the safety of national and commercial infrastructure and domestic homes. Through its members, IChemE has particular expertise in chemical and process engineering, systems thinking approaches, and process safety.

The discussion brought in experts from professional engineering institutions, industry, academia, and regulatory bodies, and explored the current guidance and regulations on static BESS, the safety risks from aggregating small units in larger modules, the inherent safety of different chemistries, and the domestic safety context when recycling Electric Vehicle batteries.

Mark Apsey said: “Collaborating with others to serve society is a key strategic goal for IChemE, so I’m delighted to have chaired such an informative discussion today. Convening cross-sector platforms that contribute to the development and sharing of knowledge, skills and research is fundamental, both to driving continuous improvement in efficient and safe operations, but also to putting chemical and process engineering at the heart of a sustainable future. Thanks to input from a wide cross-section of energy storage experts today, the session generated valuable insight to where IChemE has the most to contribute to this agenda, and raised a number of fruitful lines of discussion.

“We were delighted by the interest and enthusiasm in the room, and to see attendees continuing to talk and network after the event. I thank all our attendees for their time and contributions, and look forward to many more opportunities to support the positive impact that chemical and process engineering has on society.”


For more information please contact: 

Ann Baylis, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534477
e: abaylis@icheme.org  

Daniel Owens, Communication Executive,  IChemE 
t:+44 (0) 1788 534458

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