Battery Testing, Codes, and Standards: A Primer for Energy Storage Professionals

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Safe deployment of batteries and energy storage systems is essential for the continued growth of the energy storage industry. Further, the performance of batteries and their useful life is important to the economics of applications. To be successful, energy storage professionals and those involved in deploying batteries, and related management systems, must keep apprised of evolving testing requirements, codes and standards.  

NY-BEST has assembled leading experts in battery testing, codes and standards to present a four-part webinar course covering the essentials on this subject and geared specifically to busy professionals working in battery and energy storage system deployment.

The series includes speakers from NY-BEST members, CSA Group, UL and DNV GL and will provide attendees with an excellent understanding of the current testing requirements and codes and standards related to batteries.


Introduction to Battery Testing and Common Battery Tests

Class Time: 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

Instructor: Jody Leber, Senior Technologist in Energy Storage, CSA Group

Topics to be covered in this class:

  • Introduction to battery testing
    • How testing is performed
    • Test Considerations
  • Battery testing equipment
  • Non-application specific testing, codes and standards
    • UN 38.3
    • UL 1642
    • Other common tests


Jody Leber, Senior Technologist in Energy Storage, CSA Group 

Jody Leber is a Senior Technologist in Energy Storage at CSA Group and an accomplished International Compliance Professional with 29 years of experience in all aspects of Product Testing with the last 15 years dedicated to the Energy Storage sector. Prior to joining CSA Group, He was the Global Battery and Accumulator Technical Manager for a major Testing, Inspection and Certification Organization for 9 years. In addition, he is an experienced Subject Matter Expert in international regulatory affairs specifically focused in the renewable energy market and participates on various ANSI, IEC and UL standards development committees
Jody's specialties also include Electromagnetic Interference, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Environmental Simulation and Product Safety along with extensive knowledge in all aspects of E & E laboratory management, operations and market expansion. 

Battery Degradation and Performance Testing

Class Time: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

Instructor: Davion Hill, Energy Storage Leader North America, DNV GL

Topics to be covered in this class:

  • Battery degradation mechanisms
  • Battery degradation and lifetime modeling and testing
  • Cell Performance Testing


Davion Hill, Energy Storage Leader North America, DNV GL 

Dr. Davion Hill is an energy storage expert and business leader. He has managed DNV GL’s energy storage business in the US and globally and has built new service lines across that organization. He served as President (2015) and Chairman (2016) for NAATBatt International and was an executive board member for 8 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST as Vice Chair at Large.  He is a deposed expert witness on energy storage performance and safety issues.  He is a patent holder on energy storage sensing technologies and is a well-known advisor on the topics of energy project development and financing, working with lenders and developers to mitigate project risk. He has been principle investigator for energy storage R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission, and led and co-authored joint industry programs on hybrid marine vessels, DNV GL’s GRIDSTOR RP-0043, and was primary author of DNV GL’s first Battery Performance Scorecard.  He was also primary author for the public report “Considerations for ESS Fire Safety” which answered battery fire safety questions for Consolidated Edison and FDNY in New York and addressed a significant market bottleneck. He is a thought leader frequently quoted in websites and magazines and is an accomplished author with over 60 publications. He acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Application-Specific Codes and Standards

Class Time: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

Instructor: Maurice Johnson, Business Development Engineer, Energy & Power Technologies, UL LLC

Topics to be covered in this class:

  • Grid Energy Storage Codes and Standards (UL 1973, UL 9540)
  • Automotive Energy Storage Codes and Standards (UL 2271, SAE J2380)
  • Material handling Energy Storage Codes and Standards (UL 2580)
  • Electronics Energy Storage Codes and Standards (UL 2054, UL 62133)


Maurice Johnson, Business Development Engineer,
Energy & Power Technologies, UL LLC

Maurice Johnson is the Business Development Engineer for energy storage systems, motive and stationary batteries, fuel cell systems and capacitors. Maurice Johnson has over 22 years of experience in product safety certification with the last 17 years devoted to batteries, fuel cells and land vehicle converters and inverters.  He is responsible for helping carry out market research to develop strategies and roadmaps for technical segments. He is responsible for the application of technical requirements and standards to products certified within his areas of expertise. Maurice is the Regional Lead Reviewer for Fuel Cells and Land Vehicle Inverters/Converters. He studied at the Southern Illinois University and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Battery System Safety

Class Time: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 16:00

Instructor: Victoria Carey, Senior Consultant, DNV GL

Topics to be covered in the class:

  • Battery system safety considerations and failure mechanisms
  • Module and system safety testing (UL 9540A)
  • Data analysis and interpretation


Victoria Carey, Senior Consultant, and Davion Hill, Energy Storage Lead North America, DNV GL 

Victoria Carey is a Senior Consultant at DNV GL, serving as the Team Lead for Energy Storage Technical Due Diligence in the US. She has more than seven years of experience in the energy industry at DNV GL, focused for three years on energy storage equipment and controls diligence and risk analysis. To date, she has reviewed the performance, safety, and warranties for more than 30 energy storage system product lines’ hardware and controls, as well as executing independent engineering review for installations of such products. Additionally, since early 2017, Ms. Carey has conducted standards and safety consulting, research, and risk analysis for manufacturers, developers, utilities, and regulatory agencies, notably working with New York City agencies developing permitting requirements for energy storage systems under a NYSERDA initiative. Ms. Carey earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University.