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Reducing Storage Soft Costs

Sustainable CUNY's Smart DG Hub, together with technical advisors including DNV-GL, with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is engaging in efforts to reduce the soft costs of installing energy storage systems by facilitating the development of transparent and streamlined permitting processes. The initial focus is New York City, with assistance provided as needed to other AHJ’s throughout New York State. The first phase of this project included developing a guide for outdoor Li-ion Energy Storage Systems (ESS). 

Current focal areas include the development of a state-wide permitting guide and toolkit, as well as creation of an analysis guide for UL 9540A large-scale fire testing that will facilitate the application of test data towards permitting criteria for both outdoor and indoor ESS. Sustainable CUNY is working with the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL), NYC Department of Buildings, the Fire Department of New York, Subject Matter Experts, industry leaders and AHJs to create a streamlined pathway to integrating storage into the New York market.

Large-Scale Fire Testing Data Analysis

On February 13th the Smart DG Hub kicked off a collaborative effort with the above agencies and stakeholders to utilize fire testing data to establish acceptance criteria for permitting energy storage systems in NYC. View the presentation. Contact the Smart DG Hub.

Stakeholder Webinars

August 6th, 2018

Presenter: Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer, UL
UL 9540 and UL 1973 Webinar

August 13th, 2018

Presenters: Adam Barowy, Research Engineer II, UL & Pravin Gandhi, Director, UL: UL 9540a Webinar


August 20th, 2018

Presenters: Robert Zalosh, WPI Professor Emeritus and founder of Firexplo; Alfonso Ibarreta, Managing Engineer at Exponent, Inc; Milosh Puchovsky, Professor of Practice, Associate Department Head & Principal Industry Liaison at Worcester Polytechnic Institute