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New Battery Standard now open for public comment

Standards Australia has released the second draft of DR2 AS/NZS 5139:2019, 'Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment’ for public comment, which is commonly referred to in the industry as ‘the new battery standards’.

The objective of the standard is to outline the hazards associated with battery energy storage systems and specify installation methods that eliminate or minimise these risks. The standard attempts to avoid being technology specific. The methodology is for the installer to identify the hazards associated with the battery system they are installing, then implement the installation methods to minimise or eliminate that hazard.

The draft standard can be downloaded from the Standards Australia public comment website, where you will need to create an account or login to gain access. Once you have an account, you can search for DR2 AS/NZS 5139:2019 to download it. You also have the option to make a comment.

You can also download the draft for free from the SAI Global website by selecting the “PDF - English” option in the grey box.

The objective of the standard is to outline the hazards associated with battery energy storage systems and specify installation methods that eliminate or minimise these risks. The standard attempts to avoid being technology specific. The methodology is for the installer to identify the hazards associated with the battery system they are installing, then implement the installation methods to minimise or eliminate that hazard.

The draft standard can be downloaded from the Standards Australia public comment website, where you will need to create an account or login to gain access. Once you have an account, you can search for DR2 AS/NZS 5139:2019 to download it. You also have the option to make a comment.

You can also download the draft for free from the SAI Global website by selecting the “PDF - English” option in the grey box.

The public comment period is open until 3 April 2019. This is your chance to provide feedback on the standard, so make sure you have your say before it is finalised.

The Clean Energy Council will also be holding a webinar on DR2 AS/NZS 5139:2019 on 26 February 2019 that will take a detailed look at the revised standard and discuss some of the potential issues. More information about this webinar and registration details will be sent out to accredited installers in the coming weeks.