New standard for battery storage sector


A gap in safety guidance for the battery storage sector has been filled with the publication of AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

The standard has been developed for use by manufacturers, system integrators, designers and installers of battery energy storage systems. It intends to set out the requirements for the safety and installation of battery systems connected to power conversion equipment for the supply of AC and DC power. 

Standards Australia’s Technical Committee’s Sandy Atkins said, “This standard achieves a lot for the sector by applying a risk-based process to ensure appropriate installation methods are applied depending on the hazards that are identified.”

While consensus was reached in the development of the standard, differing views have been put forward and considered by the committee of technical experts along the way.

“Although there were alternate technical positions raised throughout the process, this can occur in any consensus project,” Mr Atkins said.

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