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Matt Paiss

Matt Paiss

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a Training & Consultation firm). He brings 28 yrs of emergency response experience retiring as a Fire Captain with the San Jose CA Fire Department. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA and worked in the semiconductor industry as a service engineer prior to transitioning to the fire service. He has 10 years’ experience on RE Codes & Standards committees representing the International Association of Fire Fighters on NFPA 70 (NEC) and NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, and UL Standards Technical Panels 61703 & 1741, and 3741. He served as a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage and has contributed to the model fire code sections on PV & ESS. Mr. Paiss has delivered electrical safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide. He has spoken in Europe on fire safety and PV design and holds certificates as Registered CA State Fire Instructor, and Certified State Fire Officer.

He has written for Fire Engineering, Home Power, SolarPro and SFPE magazines.

Research Interests

  • Energy Storage Safety Designs
  • Grid Resiliency & Security
  • Fire & Abuse Testing of ESS
  • Technical Standards for Stationary ESS

Education and Credentials

  • A.S., Degree in Solar Energy Technology, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
  • A.S., Degree in Fire Science, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
  • CA State Certified Fire Officer
  • CA State Certified Training Instructor

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation Advisory Panel Member
  • CA Fire Prevention Officers Association

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