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ATEPS battery storage system receives GRIDSTOR conformity statement from DNV GL

GRIDSTOR prerequisite for uniform quality and safety of grid connected energy storage systems

From left to right: Martijn Huibers (DNV GL), Jillis Raadschelders (DNV GL), Jos Theuns (ATEPS), Jaap Willems (ATEPS)

DÜSSELDORF, Germany - 15 March 2017 – Today at the Energy Storage Europe conference in Düsseldorf ATEPS received, as the first company in the world, a conformity statement to GRIDSTOR from DNV GL. The GRIDSTOR recommended practice is an independent guideline covering safety, operation and performance for grid-connected energy storage.

ATEPS, developer of energy storage systems, had the documentation of its battery container verified, by appropriate methods, to comply with a set of the recommendations of GRIDSTOR. The GRIDSTOR recommended practice (DNVGL-RP-0043) brings together the most important and relevant standards and guidelines as well as industry experience into a single document, providing simple, clear and practice-based guidance on energy storage safety, operation and performance that is in harmony with all of those various standards.

The GRIDSTOR verification of ATEPS’s energy storage system was carried out by DNV GL, founder of GRIDSTOR. DNV GL verified ATEPS’s system documentation on manufacturing (functional and detailed design, interface control document, design FMEA, FAT methodology, warranty), transport and warehousing (safety during transport), installation and commissioning (installation instructions, SAT methodology, operational FMEA), operation (communication protocol, material safety data sheet) and maintenance and repair (manual).  

Deploying grid-connected energy storage systems creates challenges for users and manufacturers alike. Without clear expectations and standards, it is difficult to prove the system operates correctly and safely. As this ATEPS system documentation has now proven that this system should be fit for operation in the emerging energy storage market, stakeholders can trust that its safety, operational and performance risks are adequately reduced and mitigated. The scope of the recommended practice goes far beyond any existing standards in covering the key quality criteria of safety, operation and performance.

Jos Theuns, managing director of ATEPS: “ATEPS is pleased to have worked with the team of DNV GL for this new market and the application of energy storage systems. Delivery of the necessary documents and description of the assembly procedures was an intense process that was well guided by DNV GL and should be seen as part of the accomplishment on both sides. 

We strongly recommend others in this industry to follow its example since the market needs clearer and uniform specifications, safety standards and operational specifications in order to increase customer’s understanding of the many different parameters to consider in his decision-making process.”   

Jillis Raadschelders, energy storage expert at DNV GL: “The GRIDSTOR recommended practice is leading in the world as a guideline for safety, performance and operation of grid-connected energy storage. We see a growth in the development and implementation of large-scale energy storage systems while no certification standard is available yet. GRIDSTOR was developed, with the industry, providing a guideline for quality and safety assurance of these systems. And having the first battery container verified according to GRIDSTOR requirements is a great step ahead not only for ATEPS and DNV GL, but also for the energy storage industry.” 

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