Energy storage has a key role to play in delivering a
secure, sustainable and affordable energy system for the
In response to this, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is
proposing a shared research programme to ensure that health and
safety considerations do not create unnecessary barriers to the
commercial deployment of energy storage technologies.
The purpose of this programme is not to search out improbable
risks and raise unnecessary concerns but rather to:
- demonstrate a sound understanding of the hazard and risk
- anticipate the risk management and regulatory needs, and
- identify and fill any knowledge gaps
The high-level benefits of investing in this shared research
- A shared understanding (between industry, policymakers &
HSE) of the hazard and risk profile of the energy storage sector
and relevant good practice in terms of risk management
- informs technology and policy design
- underpins the principles of inherently safe design
- long-term cost reduction/cost avoidance
- supports investor confidence
- supports public confidence
- highlights priorities and effectively targets any further
- Risk assessment and risk management 'health checks' from the
experts for pilot and demonstration projects
- HSE understands and remains aligned with the government's plans
for promoting new energy storage technologies. Health and safety
issues associated with the deployment of new energy technologies
are kept off the 'critical path'.
Workstream 0: Programme
As a shared research programme is a new way of working for HSE
we will appoint an advisory board with an independent chair.
Membership of this board will be drawn from the industry,
government, relevant regulators and funding bodies.
The advisory board will:
- Advise on general strategy for the programme, to achieve its
overall objectives; acting as a critical friend in relation to the
overall shape, direction and policy relevance of the research
- Advise on potential sources of funding and opportunities for
- Advise on publications and other outputs - offering advice on
the development of the communication plans; supporting the
dissemination of its research outputs to key audiences and
potential users of the research; offering pathways into user
HSL has a competent project management system in place aligned
to the Association of Project Management Standards. We have an
established track record of successful project management and are
committed to delivering projects to the highest standards of safety
and quality as well as to time and cost.
Workstream 1: Technology Development
The purpose of work stream 1 is to capture the current, probable
and possible energy storage technologies available by 2050. It will
inform the shape of the remaining work streams.
In the first instance, the scope will be restricted to
electrical storage and distribution and will include mechanical,
electrochemical, electrical and thermal technologies. The focus
will be on commercial or grid scale technologies. Mature
technologies (e.g. pumped hydro and lead acid batteries) will be
The outputs will include:
- A review of published scenarios to understand the potential
balance of technologies
- A technology deployment timeline based on technology readiness
- A global outlook highlighting demonstration and pilot projects
- A summary of
- the benefits of key technologies
- known incident history
- hazard potential (familiar occupational hazards in unfamiliar
environments, increased potential for non-major hazard risks to the
public based on known incidents, new major hazards with low
frequency but high-impact consequences)
- Identification of existing or developing industry good practice
guidance and EU/ISO standards
Work stream 1 will be delivered by HSE's Foresight Centre who
maintain a watching brief on developments within the energy sector
in general and energy storage in particular.
Work stream 2: Risk Assessment
This work stream will take a closer look at the hazards and
consider the risks. Key outputs will include technology specific
risk assessment guidance.
Work stream 3: Risk Management
This work stream will evaluate the relevance and effectiveness
of existing standards and guidance with a focus on avoiding
unnecessary 'gold plating'. Key outputs will include technology
specific risk management guidance.
Work stream 4: Regulation and Risk
This work stream will endeavour to identify regulatory barriers
and take a forward look to emerging regulations including
Work stream 5: Research
It is intended that this programme will identify knowledge gaps
and research priorities. Carrying out or contributing to discrete
research projects will be managed under work steam 5.
Work stream 6: Dissemination
The shared research programme will be a partnership between the
public and private sectors so careful consideration has been given
to dissemination. Information will be presented for 3 different
audiences: the public, policymakers and technical users. Outputs
will be hosted on a website with access controlled as required.
The programme will run for three years. Work on work stream 1
has already begun and will be completed by HSE in March 2016.
The shape and scope of work streams 2 to 5 will be influenced
by programme partners.
If you are interested in joining the shared research programme
please contact us for further information.
Dr Stuart Hawksworth, Head of Strategic Development,
Tel: 01298 218139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Whitbread, Principal Consultant
Tel: 01298 218126 Email: email@example.com
Martin Thomson, Project Manager
Tel: 01298 218344 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org