Brian Harding of F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems:
We were recently approached by an EPC to address issues an end user had at their power plant. Upon a visit, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems wrote up a detailed specification, identifying the issues, provided quantities of devices, material requirements, tie-in points, and an installation schedule so all bidders had very concise information to bid from. This resulted in very competitive bids and took all assumptions out of the equation. Our services were so effective in saving money and providing an exact plan of what was required that the following year we were approached again to write another specification for the same EPC for a major upgrade at the same facility. Approaching major projects from this angle can save thousands of dollars in contingency money that a contractor might include due to unknowns.
Energy storage facilities are unique. They don’t have the same fire hazards that other parts of the power plant or facility have. Because of this, it is difficult to write an accurate and thorough specification that encompasses the fire protection requirements of the AHJ and insurance company.
Insurance companies and AHJs can have very different ideas of what it takes to protect an energy storage facility. To add to that, the building needs to meet the codes of NFPA 70E and NEC 480.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is experienced in creating specifications for EPC contractors for battery energy storage facilities. You can’t specialize in everything, but we specialize in this, so contact us for a lunch and learn to get more information on the fire protection needs for battery energy storage facilities.
By having someone who specializes in battery energy storage facilities write the specifications, you will know that the systems are specified accurately.