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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 first phase of this project included developing a permitting guide for Outdoor Li-ion Energy Storage Systems (ESS) as well as developing content for the state-wide permitting guidebook.

Understanding UL 9540A Data Utilization Webinar Series - Spring 2019

The Smart DG Hub led a collaborative effort to bring DOB and FDNY representatives together with SME’s from various research, engineering, and fire protection entities including Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) and DNV, with the goal of establishing NYC-specific application of UL 9540A large-scale fire safety testing results to permitting requirements for ESS in NYC.  This group met weekly throughout the Spring of 2019 and conducted webinars detailing key recommendations on the topics of Explosion, Toxicity, Thermal Runaway, and Fire Spread.  



Stakeholder Webinars

Key Topic Areas

March 28th, 2019

Topic 1 Explosion



May 9th, 2019

Topic 3 Thermal Runaway



June 20, 2019

Topic 5 Performance Based Design

April 18th, 2019

Topic 2 Toxicity



May 31, 2019

Topic 4 Fire Spread



Industry Background on Relevant UL ESS Certifications and Testing Methods


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 “Bob” Zalosh, Alfonso Ibarreta, Milosh Puchovsky