BESS Part 4: Flammable Hazards of BESS Failures

This article is the fourth in BakerRisk’s six-part series on Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) hazards (previous articles can be found here). The first article described ways in which lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries can fail, followed by a discussion of challenges assessing the reliability of such a rapidly-evolving technology. The third article discussed potential mitigation strategies for BESS facilities. This article discusses the consequences of catastrophic failure in a BESS.

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