EU Energy Storage Systems Safety Conference 2023

The conference aims to share the state of the art safety knowledge regarding ESS. In addition, we intend to disclose and connect the various ‘silo’s’ that deal with ESS-safety such as industry, research, emergency response and authorities.

Important information


November  8 and 9, 2023


NIPV, Arnhem, The Netherlands


€ 495
€ 395 early bird untill June 30, 2023

Target group

see discription


NIPV, Connectr, Elaad, DNV

In 2021 and 2022, Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV) hosted two digital editions of the EU
Energy Storage Systems Safety Conference. In 2023, NIPV organizes a two-day physical edition of
this event at their location in Arnhem. The first day will be science and research based presentations
about the newest research and state of the art knowledge regarding the safety of Energy Storage
Systems (ESS). The second day aims to learn from Dutch field experiences: site-visits combined with
several lectures at different locations in the Eastern part of The Netherlands. Examples are the
regional fire brigade of Gelderland-Midden and ElaadNL. Attendants will travel this day with busses
from and to the different event-locations.

For whom?

The main audience for the conference is professionals working in the field of the safety of ESS and
related research. Professionals could for example be the staff from fire brigade concerned with the
incident response, but also with risk mitigation, prevention or policy advisors. They could also be
employees from regional/national utility compagnies, as well as officials in municipalities concerned
with the licensing of ESS. Last but not least, industry is welcome to join this conference.


The NIPV conference office will organize the event. All contributions will be in English. Keep an eye on our website for updates. Hotels are located nearby the NIPVs location. Details are in the registration form.


You will find an overview of the speakers here. More speakers will be added. As soon as these are final, this will be announced on the website.

IJle Stelstra (General Director NIPV): Opening
John O’Boyle (Merseyside Fire Service): Fire in ESS Liverpool
Jetty Middelkoop (Fire Brigade Amsterdam-Amstelland): Fire in batteries of a hybrid passenger vessel
Jonna Hynynen (RI.SE)
Paul Christensen (University of Newcastle)
T.b.d. (NIPV): Safety of future batteries
Matthew Paiss (PNNL / DoE) NFPA 855 & development in guidelines
Rianne ’t Hoen (DNV): European legislation on batteries
Mark Huijben (University of Twente)
Nils Rosmuller (Applied professor energy and Transport safety NIPV): Closing statement
Victoria Hutchison (Fire Protection Research Foundation)


Program Day 2, November 9, a site visit at two of the following companies

o ElaadNL: introduction and tour of ElaadNL
o Fire Brigade Gelderland-Midden: The role of the Fire Brigade in the Energy transition
o DEKRA: How can battery safety be improved using lessons from battery tests and root cause analyses
o Elestor & Exergy Storage: Safety of flow & salt energy storage systems
o Connectr: Developments in lithium-ion energy storage


You can use the following document for your registration. No later than a week before the start of the conference you will receive a confirmation of your registration and some useful information.

Be quick! The early bird fee of € 395,- is valid until June 30, 2023, after that the regular fee is € 495,-.