Gap filled in battery storage sector with new standard
The publication of AS/NZS 5139:2019 Electrical Installations – Safety of Battery Systems For Use With Power Conversion Equipment has filled a gap in the safety guidance for the battery storage sector.
It sets out requirements for the safety and installation of battery systems connected to power conversion equipment for the supply of AC and DC power for use by manufacturers, system integrators, designers and installers.
“A project of this complexity would not have been possible without the support of industry representatives, government and regulators, consumer representatives and technical experts,” Standards Australia head of stakeholder engagement Daniel Chidgey says.
“Given there has never been an Australian standard for this new technology, developing this guidance has been a huge task and is a testament to the dedication of those involved.”
The Standard was formed by a committee of technical experts, with differing views and stakes.
“Although there were alternate technical positions raised throughout the process, this can occur in any consensus project,” Standards Australia’s technical committee member Sandy Atkins says.
“This Standard achieves a lot for the sector by applying a risk-based process to ensure appropriate installation methods are applied depending on the hazards that are identified.
“This Standard aims to ensure battery systems are safe, consistent and reliable for the benefit of the Australian community. The work calls for consideration of available information, safety objectives and the growth of new technology in complex areas. We are proud to have helped drive this key improvement for the sector.”