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Batteries: Lithium

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 143826, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the fire risk of Lithium-ion batteries when used as part of a Battery Energy Storage System, such as in large scale solar instillations.

Answered on

29 March 2022

Grid-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage systems are covered by a robust regulatory framework which requires manufacturers to ensure products are safe before they are placed on the market, that they are installed correctly, and that any safety issues found after products are on the market or after installations are dealt with.

In 2018, BEIS set up an industry-led Storage Health and Safety Governance Group responsible for ensuring that an appropriate, robust, and future-proofed health and safety framework is sustained as the industry develops.