Fire Suppression for Battery Energy Storage Systems on Electrically Powered Marine Vessels

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Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming so commonplace that few people see them as a novelty anymore. With the success of battery technology on electric vehicles (EVs), the world is taking a big step toward the reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Now science and industry are exploring the possibility of using EV technology on other modes of transportation.

The marine industry is very interested in EV technology. As one of the top consumers of carbon-based fuels, the marine industry is realizing that they must develop alternate means of propulsion that does not emit tons of carbon into the atmosphere. And they are borrowing a page from the auto industry’s playbook which includes hybrid propulsion and reliance on battery-power when the vessels need to make only small changes in their position.

Hybrid and full electric vessels are powered by the battery energy storage systems (BESS). In almost all cases, a BESS consists of lithium-ion batteries called “cells.” A BESS can contain dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of cells to store energy. The cells are grouped together in modules, the modules are typically held in racks, and in larger applications, the racks are stored in shipping-container-type structures located within the vessel.  Depending on the size of the vessel, one could see a few cells or modules powering small recreational boats; or multiple BESS containers powering massive cargo or tanker ships.

The Hazard

Lithium-ion BESS provide a high energy density in a small, lightweight package. Furthermore, they are low maintenance and reliable. While lithium-ion BESS have an overall good track record for safety, with more and more being pressed into service, especially on EVs, we are also starting to experience some of their downsides in the form of vigorously burning fires.

When a BESS experiences a failure and a thermal runaway ensues, it produces a dramatic fire that can be difficult to contain and extinguish. It only takes a short internet search to find scores of videos illustrating the hazard of a BESS as it undergoes a thermal runaway.  Here is an example of an EV bus spontaneously bursting into flames during the charging process.

While BESS failure is bad no matter where it occurs, it is positively catastrophic on a vessel at sea. A fire such as the one in the video can result in the complete loss of a vessel while placing passengers and crewmembers’ lives in peril. Ask any mariner and they will tell you that their number one fear is a fire onboard while they are underway. There is no fire department to call, and help can be hours away if it shows up at all.

The Solution

The good news for mariners is there is a choice available which can protect them and their vessel from the hazard of a BESS fire. Stat-X® systems have undergone extensive testing and are proven effective at minimizing the risk of single- and double-cell lithium-ion battery thermal runaway propagation. Mariners should also take additional comfort in the fact that Stat-X is United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved.

Further good news is that Stat-X systems are simple to install, do not require complicated piping and testing, and they are virtually maintenance-free. In addition to protecting BESS, Stat-X is also the ideal choice for protecting engine rooms and other machinery spaces. This allows vessel operators to standardize throughout the vessel on Stat-X systems.

Last—but not least—Stat-X is totally safe and can be discharged in normally occupied areas. The agent has zero global-warming and ozone-depletion properties, does not displace oxygen, and has zero atmospheric life. These details are important because there are many vessel operators that are facing costly fire suppression system replacement scenarios right now due to environmental regulation and/or safety problems with their HFC or PFAS based systems.

As the world moves toward ambitious climate-change targets, it is comforting to know that fire suppression technology is keeping pace with the new developments. With Stat-X protecting onboard BESS, mariners can rest assured they are well protected while at sea.

Stat-X fire suppression is currently protecting fire suppression for battery energy storage systems on electrically powered marine vessels worldwide. Find out more today.

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"After researching available special hazard (fire) systems for the very best protection as well as compliance with safety and environmental issues we found Stat-X technology as the product leader."

— Engineer, Leicestershire, UK

An affordable, simple solution for safeguarding fire suppression for battery energy storage systems on electrically powered marine vessels special hazards

Operators need a compact, durable fire suppression systems for fire suppression for battery energy storage systems on electrically powered marine vessels that quickly detects and suppresses fire, compiles with regulation and keeps employees and environment front of mind.

Stat-X has many listings and approvals that supports these criteria, offering quick and effective fire suppression, durability, minimal maintenance, and environmental safety in the challenging conditions of an fire suppression for battery energy storage systems on electrically powered marine vessels.

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Stat-X Fire Suppression Features:

An alternative to traditional special hazard Fire Protection

  • Effective Agent PerformanceHighly effective based on required density
  • Compact and ModularOffering adaptable design especially when space and weight are critical
  • Simple and Economic InstallationNo piping required, resulting in significant savings on parts and labor
  • DurableIdeal for harsh environments and remote locations
  • Made in the USA
  • Long service lifeService life of fifteen (15) years
  • Virtually Maintenance FreeNo cylinder weighing requirement or leakage risks
  • U.S. EPA SNAP listed for normally occupied and unoccupied spacesRegulatory certainty. No risk of future regulations interrupting supply
  • Environmentally FriendlyZero potential for global warming or ozone depletion
  • Installed on every continent
  • 329 distributors
  • 750,000 sold worldwide
  • 94 countries

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Stat-X is an ideal fire suppression alternative to HFC based systems that are being regulated out of use through various global movements; and to PFAS based systems that are starting to face significant regulatory pressure at the local level, and likely to be more widespread in the coming years.

This fire test demonstrates a Stat-X® Stat-X condensed aerosol fire suppression system on a li-ion battery module in a battery energy storage system application.