Fire & explosion safety
With a fundamental commitment to safety, Wärtsilä is proud to hold a 100% safety record for our GridSolv Quantum energy storage system (ESS). Our design and approach to safety is comprehensive and aimed at de-risking the financing, installation, and operation throughout the project lifecycle—providing high value and lower total cost of ownership.
Wärtsilä is an active member and partner of organisations across the energy storage industry, aimed at educating and advancing best practices in fire safety and emergency response.
GridSolv Quantum is compliant with the 2023 revision of NFPA 855, NFPA 69, UL 9540 and UL 9540A requirements.
Two large-scale fire tests showing no propagation from unit-to-unit.
Advanced (addressable) fire detection and alarm systems.
Industry-leading permitting package and support.
Extensive R&D and product testing to further enhance our knowledge and improve product performance.
Prioritising education of customers, first responders, and communities.
Completed by a third-party specialty fire and risk engineering firm. GridSolv Quantum meets the Hazard Mitigation Analysis criteria as outlined in relevant local and international fire codes.
Generic template easily made site-specific. Virtual and in-person training available.
Smoke and toxic gas modelling in addition to other site-specific risks.
Wärtsilä’s bespoke testing is the ideal way to demonstrate that a fire will not propagate between ESS enclosures or from string to string. This outcome illustrates that with minimal or no response from the fire service or other responders, a fully-involved fire is unlikely to spread beyond the initiating unit.
Wärtsilä is at the forefront of collaborating with stakeholders knowledgeable in fire science and safety at the product design level to address customer and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) concerns.
We discuss with and coach our customers on whether they are conducting a Hazard Mitigation Analysis (HMA), including a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) and an Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
We consult with a fire safety-first mindset, regardless of project scope, contract, and independent of where the project site lives.
We take a project-specific approach to fire safety, factoring in site layout, human and environmental conditions.
We encourage early and frequent discussions with AHJs.
Wärtsilä is a member of the UL 9540 standard, which covers both UL 9540 and UL 9540A + a member of task group reviewing containerised system testing for UL 9540A.
Wärtsilä actively participating in NFPA 855 task groups and public commenting.
Wärtsilä has Fire Protection Engineers on staff and is participating in global conferences and education sessions on ESS fire safety and testing.
Wärtsilä is a member of NFPA’s Energy Storage Research Consortium (“ESRC”) to support industry-relevant fire protection issues and identify related research needs that could be met through research projects.
Wärtsilä is participating in a standard committee for C800: testing protocol for Energy Storage System Reliability and Quality Assurance Program.
Wärtsilä is participating in a standard committee for C22.2 no. 350: test method for safety and performance of thermal barriers for use in batteries and battery-based energy storage systems.
Wärtsilä’s No.1 commitment is ensuring that our energy solutions are built with safety at the forefront.