IEEE ESSB Winter Meeting – January 24-28, 2022

The IEEE ESSB General Meeting and several of the ESSB Working Groups will be meeting next week at the Hilton Lodge at Gulf States Park in Gulf Shores, AL.  The semi-annual General Meeting will begin at 1:30p on Monday, January 24.

Two technical symposiums are planned:

  • Monday, Jan 24 – 10:00a – 12:00p      Battery Management Systems
  • Tuesday, Jan 25 – 10:15a – 12:00p       Engineering Large Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)

While these meetings will be held on-site, a remote dial-in capability will be offered.  Details will be posted shortly.  See the full agenda and register via the link under Upcoming Events.

ESSB Safety Codes and Standards Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This WG has a full agenda with discussions dealing with recent activity with NFPA, IFC, UL, CSA and IEC.  Laurie Florence and Jody Leber from UL and CSA respectively will be providing updates on UL 1973, UL 9540 and 9540A, as well as NFPA 855 and the IFC.  A panel of experts will discuss what anticipated changes will mean for BESS, including lead-acid/nickel-cadmium technologies addressed by the ESSB Pb/NiCd Task Force.  Remote dial-in capability is available for this meeting at

IEEE EESAT Conference

The IEEE ESSB Committee is venturing into a new area of endeavor when it sponsors the first ever IEEE ESSB Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (IEEE EESAT) conference.  This technical conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center which is part of the University of Texas in Austin TX.  The conference will kick-off with a keynote plenary session on Monday evening, November 7, 2022.  For over a decade, the Department of Energy, Office of Electricity and Sandia Laboratories have hosted this conference.  This conference will bring together the best technical minds to highlight advances in technology development in the energy storage sciences as well as exploring new and innovative ES applications.  The ultimate goal of the conference is to cultivate a community of practice around energy storage research that cuts across boundaries that typically divide technical R&D efforts.   Be sure to block out these dates on your calendar, as this is a conference you will not want to miss.

NFPA 855

The NFPA 855 Committee is well on its way with revisions to the upcoming 2023 release.  A reorganization of the contents, along with the posting of a confirmed scope are among the anticipated results.  Updates with testing requirements incorporating UL 1973, UL 9540 and UL 9540A are also being made.  For more information, or to participate in this or other NFPA safety standards committees, go to the NFPA website at

ESSB Creates a special ESS Tutorial Task Force

The Task Force will evaluate invitations to conduct tutorials and other educational events, and manage the process of these events in concert with Dean Fiorino, IEEE Senior Staff advisor.

IEEE Fellow Award

The IEEE ESSB Committee is fortunate to have three members who have achieved IEEE Fellow status.  This is the highest technical award given to members who have made significant contributions over their career to technology advances in their chosen fields.  If you would like to nominate someone for consideration of this award see Curtis Ashton or Babu Chalamala to obtain information in the process, or go to the following IEEE website,