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SAFETY RULES: An Update on Lithium-ion Battery Use in Critical Facilities

April 25, 2018

This paper reviews the advantages and disadvantages of LIB compared to VRLA in UPS applications and presents an overview of the codes and standards related to applying LIB safely within the critical infrastructure industry.

Key Takeaways

  • LIB batteries are smaller, lighter, longer-lasting and more efficient.
  • Advances in battery development, coupled with new code standards, are making LIB a more viable choice for data center deployments.
  • The new 2018 NFPA Fire Code 1 has a five-page section (Section 52.3) on how to safely deploy LIB for data centers and other applications
  • Information to help select the right chemistry for the application and understand the difference between industrial/commercial grade and consumer grade LIB.

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