While an investigation into a recent fire incident at one of its energy storage facilities remains ongoing, representatives of utility Arizona Public Service (APS) will appear onstage with technology provider Fluence to discuss fire safety at an upcoming event in California.
The organisers of Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which takes place 5 – 7 November at San Diego Convention Center, emailed Energy-Storage.news this week to announce that Fluence and APS will participate in a special keynote panel on “safety management in a fast-changing landscape”, with Ford Motor Company also taking part.
The fire at McMicken energy storage facility in Surprise, Arizona, caused injuries to a number of firefighters, some thought to be serious and potentially life-changing. The US national Energy Storage Association has said that it hoped “investigative outcomes from APS will inform our path forward as we continue to develop health and safety policies and standards.”
Other keynote addresses at the ESNA event will come from Lt Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis and Germany’s energy minister, Andreas Feicht, who will discuss the politics of transitioning the energy system to low-carbon sources.
“We are thrilled to be hosting such a diverse array of global energy storage leaders and market makers who are leading the charge in safely transitioning the stodgy North American grid to the twenty-first century decarbonised grid of the future,” Janice Lin, ESNA’s co-founder and chair, said of the event’s seventh annual edition.
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