UL fire testing: KORE Power batteries in Veloce Energy ESS eliminates need for side clearance

Veloce Energy VPort

KORE Power’s Mark 1 lithium-ion battery module paired with Veloce Energy’s VPort battery energy storage system (BESS) has earned a remarkable fire testing result from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – 0” clearance from combustibles.

This testing result under UL 9540A opens the door to a wide range of new applications for safe, compact EV charging and energy storage solutions because the system does not need wide areas of clearance. Historically, battery malfunctions could cause the sides of BESS enclosures to heat up, creating a safety hazard that required significant spacing between enclosures. UL tests show that Veloce Energy’s VPort system, powered by KORE Power batteries, has virtually eliminated the need for side clearance.

“This result gives us the smallest footprint in the industry because the VPort does not require any dedicated clear areas to either side, and only requires 8” to the back,” said Veloce Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Wolfe. “This allows us to fit our BESS on an EV charging island, in the margin along the side of a building, or at the fence line of existing solar arrays.”

The VPort system is available in 78 kWh, to 468 kWh configurations. Systems can be connected in parallel to deliver MWh storage capacity. The VPort system is currently available and is now shipping.

KORE Power

In July, upgraded fire safety codes for BESS systems began requiring UL 9540A testing. The testing looks at thermal runaway and fire risk at cell, module, unit and installation level.

Lindsay Gorrill, the CEO and Co-Founder of KORE Power, which is investing heavily in U.S. manufacturing, said the results advance the strong safety record of the Mark 1 module.

“Our goal is to produce the safest lithium-ion cells and modules in the industry,” he said. “This test result should give Veloce’s customers confidence in the safety of the VPort system, powered by Kore Mark 1 modules.”

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