FPE Non-Degree Program: Thermal Safety of Energy Storage Systems

Monday, April 19, 2021
4:00 p.m.
via Zoom
John Saams

INSTRUCTOR:  Ahmed Said, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute


As the integration of renewable power generation into commercial and residential buildings increases, along with the increase in “electrification” of our economy, the need for on-site energy storage has increased rapidly and is forecast for explosive growth. New battery technologies with higher energy density and capacity are being introduced into buildings that were built to codes and standards that did not envision this type of energy hazard. This course aims to provide an overview of the technology, history and experience, in both research and real-world applications within the built environment.

Join us for three 90-minute sessions to review the basic operating principles of energy storage systems with more focus on lithium-ion battery uses and market deployment. We will review failures that have resulted in fires and the potential impacts in code compliant buildings.


Ahmed Said is a post-doctoral fellow in fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Ahmed received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Cairo University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Said is broadly interested in combustion, fire, and thermal sciences. The main topic of his Ph.D. focused on thermal safety of energy storage systems consisting of lithium-ion batteries. At WPI, Dr. Said is engaged in several research projects: battery safety, wildland fires, and façade fires. He is a member of the Electrochemical Society (ESC), the Combustion Institute (CI), the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

LOGISTICS: April 12 (Friday), 15 (Monday) and 19 (Friday), 2021 @ 4:00 pm (EST)

COST: $325 - UMD FPE Alumni are eligible for a $45 discount (email John Saams, jrsaams@umd.edu, for discount code)

Reserve your spot today! Follow this link to register ~

Audience: Public 

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