Nick Warner is cofounder and managing principal of Energy Safety Response Group llc. Prior to founding the company, Nick worked as an independent consultant through Warner Energy Storage Solutions and was a senior test engineer at DNV GL working with Laboratory Services and with Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Advisory developing and leading their energy storage safety and testing efforts including explosion modeling, risk analysis, and code development efforts. Nick has also led efforts to develop the Alternative Energy Fire Research and Training Center in Piqua, Ohio. He completed his master’s work in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research working in and running the Battery and Energy Storage Laboratory. There, his work focused on second use of automotive lithium batteries in grid applications. In addition to his main work, he also assisted with and ran projects involving the development of hybrid energy storage systems and state of the art algorithms for battery management systems as well as supporting world record setting student motorsport project teams including the Buckeye Bullet and Buckeye Current electric motorcycle team.
At DNV GL and WESS, Nick focused primarily on safety topics related to battery storage integration and fire safety as well as failure analysis of energy storage systems. In addition, he has applied his experience in battery testing to supporting battery degradation and performance validation, code development and the evaluation of materials and sensors for passive and active safety applications. These hands-on skills have also been applied to the validation of state-of-the-art technologies for deployment in grid storage applications. Nick also worked on due diligence and bankability studies, including hardware and safety review, and performs field inspections on ES systems. Nick became heavily involved in standards activities as well including UL standards as well as NFPA and ICC codes for fire safety and ESS deployment. Before leaving DNV GL, Nick led the development of the industry’s first third party controls and BMS validation testing service as well as streamlining DNV GL’s explosion modeling efforts and permitting efforts for ESS.