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INFORMATIONAL NOTICE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) TO PROVIDE LABORATORY TESTING AND RELATED SERVICES THAT WILL ANSWER CRITICAL QUESTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAFE INSTALLATION OF BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS (BESS) IN THE CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY OF NY, INC. SERVICE TERRITORY

The New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY) have undertaken a joint Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) safety initiative. The goal of this initiative is to answer critical safety questions confronting the Fire Department of New York and the New York City Department of Buildings, and other authority having jurisdiction, when reviewing applications for the installation of electrochemical energy storage systems for peak demand management and designing operational procedures for responding to battery fires. Of primary importance is quantifying the exposure to chemicals and explosion risk to first responders and enabling appropriate firefighting and operational techniques to mitigate these risks. Approval of BESS installations for peak demand solutions in NYC has been delayed by a lack of independent data analyzing the hazards associated with heat, gases and other materials released from a BESS in the event of a fire, explosivity, as well as recommended extinguishing techniques. This work will address that information gap with results expected by winter 2015-2016.

Under this joint initiative, CECONY has issued an RFP seeking a testing lab to: conduct a literature review concisely summarizing the findings from safety testing conducted on specific battery chemistry families, conduct small scale testing of specific battery cells and modules, and conduct computer modeling to extrapolate small scale burn test results to larger scale fire scenarios involving battery racks. 

Contact Jason Doling, NYSERDA Program Manager for Energy Storage, at Jason.Doling@nyserda.ny.gov or 518-862-1090 ext 3558 for additional information on NYSERDA’s joint BESS safety initiative with CECONY. 

Eligibility:

Respondents must be certified to ISO/IEC 17025 for Electrical Testing, or equivalent, and demonstrate the wherewithal to successfully perform the work scope through the technical competencies of their proposed team members and lab capabilities. The applicant must demonstrate a clear understanding of the fire and building codes, how first responders will respond to a fire, and how chemical and environmental conditions will affect first responders and their personal protective equipment. The respondent must have the ability to ignite and extinguish battery electrolytes and battery materials in a controlled environment with necessary safety protections in place. The respondent team must include the following professional qualifications: M.S. or Ph.D. in Fire Protection Engineering, licensed professional engineer, and certified industrial hygienist. 

CECONY policy requires all potential Respondents to be commercially qualified prior to consideration for a contract award. All proposals shall be submitted through the CECONY Oracle RFQ system which requires pre registration. All Respondents shall direct questions via email to BESS-safety-program@coned.com.

Submissions are due by September 3, 2015 at 2pm.

This email is provided as a service to members and interested parties of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. NY-BEST is an industry-led coalition working to build a vibrant, world-class, advanced battery and energy storage sector in New York State.

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