Lithium-ion Technology

Lithium-ion technology is evolving faster than regulatory bodies can track. Our experts provide custom and performance-based life safety for unique and new applications and uses within energy, utility, manufacturing, shipping and storage sites, as well as support litigation firms, insurance companies, and other industries in this market.

Performance-Based Design for Lithium-ion

Our assessment techniques and engineering simulations provide performance-based solutions that consider the unique threats, barriers, and consequences of lithium-ion battery hazards. We quantify the risk magnitude and cost-benefits of mitigation measures, ensuring protection for your people, property and products.

Lithium-ion Hazard Mitigation + Risk Assessment

A comprehensive understanding of your facility’s needs, expected conditions, and available operational support can help inform proper facility design and improve safety. Our experts support clients in establishing appropriate design requirements, meeting compliance criteria, and increasing fire and life safety through ventilation, fire ratings and appropriate spacing.

Fire Protection Systems Design for Lithium-ion

Going beyond the standard approach to fire protection means evaluating potential fire scenarios, conducting flammability analysis, and integrating local regulations. We subscribe to a philosophy of cohesive detection and suppression design from concept to execution, providing our clients with feasible, practical and goal-oriented fire protection systems design.

Lithium-ion Battery Explosion Protection

Lithium-ion batteries can release large amounts of flammable gas, which requires special analysis and planning. Our experts are proficient in analyzing thermal runaway conditions, evaluating gas compositions and concentrations, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to evaluate gas releases, and designing explosion control measures, such as deflagration venting and other measures.

How We've Protected Your World

Addressing Safety Concerns at Energy Storage Systems using Lithium-Ion Technology

Recent fires at energy storage facilities raised lithium ion battery storage safety concerns impacting future regulation.

Lithium-Ion Batteries in Transportation

Batteries are used in energy storage systems as well as vehicles in warehouses and transit centers and on cargo ships. The risks and hazards vary.


Since 2019, BESS energy capacity has grown over 200%, with developers expected to add at least 9 GW of capacity in 2022

Performance-Based Design for Lithium-Ion Podcast Series

Join experts Jens Conzen and Mark Suski for a three-part podcast series on lithium-ion technology, risks and hazards, as well as codes and performance-based solutions with a particular focus on the needs of the automotive industry.

Also available on Spotify and Amazon Music.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

All Special Hazards Podcast Episodes

Meet our Lithium-ion Experts

Scott Golly

Vice President, Global Service Line Leader, Special Hazards

BS, Fire Protection Engineering, PE: DE, MD, NY, VA, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

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Jens Conzen

Vice President, Business Development

MBA, Data Science, MS, Engineering Mechanics, Dipl. Ing., Produktiontechnik (Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering and Business), Professional European Engineer, EUR ING, Member, Principal Technical Committee Member NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, Member, Energy Storage Fire Prevention and Mitigation Advisory Committee, Member, Member, Member

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Mark Suski

Market Leader + Technical Fellow

BS, Fire Protection Engineering Technology,, AS, Fire Protection Engineering Technology, Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), NICET, Fire Alarm Systems - Level IV, NICET, Special Hazards Suppression Systems - Level IV, Principal Technical Committee Member NFPA 75, Standard for the Protection of Information Technology Equipment, Principal Technical Committee Member NFPA 76, Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities

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Christopher Unangst

Manager — Industrial + Process Safety

BS, Chemical Engineering, Certified Safety Professional, Member, Member, Member,

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John Gow

Technical Director, Marine + Senior Investigator

Registered Forensic Practitioner - Fire Scene Examination, Specialty Assessor - Fire Scene Examination, Fire Protection Assoc. Level 5 Course, Legal Experience Training Adv. Award in Expt. Wit. Evidence, Member, Director, Member, Member

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Rich Vicars

Director, Forensic Services

MS, Business Administration, BS, Electrical Engineering, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified, Six Sigma Black Belt (VBSS), Lead Auditor, ISO 13485, 14001, 9001

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