The Facts About Xtreme Power Product Safety
A battery energy storage system manufactured by Xtreme Power at a wind farm owned and operated by First Wind in Kahuku, Hawaii experienced an unusual fire incident on August 1, 2012.
In the aftermath of the fire, it’s vital that our customers, investors and the public have full confidence in the reliability and safety of Xtreme Power’s products and services.
XP retained a preeminent forensics engineering firm to conduct a thorough investigation and determine the cause of the fire. As of now, the evidence and analysis conclude that the Xtreme Power XACT™ Control Technology, our proprietary control and communication system was not at fault and in fact performed exactly as designed throughout this event. This underscores the fundamental reliability and safety of our technology. We became one of the world's leading power storage and management companies through rigorous research, testing and innovation. We're addressing the fire investigation exactly the same way.
The loss of this facility for our customer, First Wind, and the subsequent investigation into the root cause, has led to several design improvements to Xtreme Power systems:
- Installing fire suppression as standard equipment in all products going forward
- Retrofitting most existing installations with fire suppression
- Containerized systems instead of large buildings
Outside of Kahuku, we've never experienced a fire or adverse incident. We lead the market with nearly 75 megawatts installed around the world and over 241,125 hours of integrated power module operation. But we're always looking to improve our systems. That's why we’ve gathered more than 545 gigabytes of data, and counting, on our systems – and it's why several notable companies including GE have signed an exclusive partnership with us after the fire incident.