SFPE Engineering Symposium: Progress with Li-Ion Battery Fire Safety: Engineering Solutions to Mobil

2024 Li-Ion Battery Symposium

Join us for a technical engineering symposium dedicated to the critical topic of current progress in fire safety in Li-ion batteries. As the world shifts toward renewable energy sources, the demand for energy storage solutions like lithium-ion batteries has skyrocketed. Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, powering everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. With the increased adoption comes the need to address and mitigate potential fire hazards associated with these technologies. Understanding the nuances of energy storage operation and the associated risks is crucial for fire safety professionals. For these reasons and others, this topic was identified by members of the SFPE Foundation’s Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) as a top priority for investment in research and education over the next 10 years, as outlined in the Grand Challenges in Energy & Infrastructure white paper. 

The 3-day SFPE Engineering Solutions Symposium brings together fire safety experts, engineers, researchers, and industry leaders to discuss and explore innovative approaches and best practices for ensuring the safety of these systems. Learn about innovative engineering solutions for bulk storage of battery products, electric and micro mobility vehicles hazards, risk assessment techniques, and best practices in ESS design and implementation, and stay informed about the latest regulations shaping the energy storage landscape. With support from the Grand Challenges Initiative, attendees will also have the opportunity to weigh-in on future research, education, and outreach opportunities in this space. 

This dynamic event offers a unique platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration. The Day 1 program on Tuesday will focus on the fundamentals of thermal runaway and hazards in the morning and codes and Standards in the afternoon. A separate registration is available for those who want only to attend Days 2 and 3.


Early Bird Registration Rate ends on May 1st.

Register Here

Learning Objectives

  • Review regulatory standards and guidelines related to li-ion battery fire safety.
  • Recognize potential fire hazards of deployed products like electric and micro-mobility vehicles.
  • Identify different types of energy storage systems and understand the specific risks posed by different types of energy storage technologies.
  • Understand the behavior of batteries under different operating conditions and discuss strategies to mitigate risks.
  • Discuss the design and installation of energy storage systems, including proper spacing, thermal management, and ventilation.


Program Schedule  Speaker Bios

Day 1

Thermal Runaway and Hazards Fundamentals

This half-day workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries, its causes, detection, propagation, gas composition, and associated toxicity. Participants will learn of the risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, the factors contributing to thermal runaway, and the measures to ensure safety. The workshop will include a combination of presentations and interactive discussions. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and learn from experts in the field.

Codes & Standards

Codes and standards related to Energy Storage Systems (ESS), Electric Vehicle (E.V.) regulations, and micro mobility and transportation regulations are essential for ensuring the safety, reliability, and interoperability of these technologies. Regulations and standards for ESS are continually evolving to accommodate technological advancements and safety considerations.

This half-day session will provide an overview of these regulations and standards. Staying updated with local and national regulatory bodies is crucial for all safety professionals involved in the energy storage, E.V., and micro mobility sectors.

Day 2 & 3

The Symposium will focus on Bulk Storage of Battery Products and Hazards of Deployed Products including electric vehicles, micro mobility and energy storage systems. Presentation will cover design considerations as well as mitigation strategies. 

Professional Development Credit

Designated for 18 PDHs for the entire event.

Program Committee

Adam Barowy – Chair
Sean DeCrane
Ofodike Ezekoye, PhD, PE
Christina Francis, PE, FSFPE
Phil Friday
Paul Hayes, PE
Victoria Hutchison
Chris Jelenewicz, PE, FSFPE
William Koffel, PE, FSFPE
Robert Marshall
Michael O’Brian

Noah Ryder, PhD, PE, MBA
Dong Zeng, PhD

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Hotel Information

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley – Scottsdale
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250-7090, USA

Phone: +1 480-947-5400

Situated on over 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the resort offers breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. It is located one mile from Fashion Square Mall and Old Town Scottsdale via a complimentary shuttle. Enjoy our well-appointed rooms all with a covered patio or balcony, two sparkling outdoor pools, and delightful dining options.

SFPE Group Rate $149.00+tax. (the daily resort fee is waived) is available until May 4, 2024. Reserve your room before it is sold out!

Reservations: Follow to guest booking link.


Complimentary self-parking at the Symposium venue.


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – 12 miles

Questions? Please contact us at education@sfpe.org.

Airline Discounts exclusive for 2024 SFPE events

United Airlines

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to the 2024 SFPE events. To make flight reservations online please click on discount code ZPHM970369. MileagePlus members earn valuable miles for their travel when using the Meetings discount code.

You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk Monday – Friday at (800) 426-1122 for booking assistance. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Society for Fire Protection Engineers. Please click here to book your flights.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code  NY39K

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Southwest Airlines

Eligible Travelers attending this symposium can take advantage of qualifying discounted fares on tickets booked in SWABIZ to/from Phoenix (PHX).

Book your flights in SWABIZ with CID: 99507730, to qualify for eligible discounted rates. See flyer:

Southwest DISCOUNT

Questions about registering for this event? Contact us at education@sfpe.org. 

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Kristin Griffes
Manager, Corporate Relations & Business Development
Email: kgriffes@sfpe.org
Phone: 301-915-9721