Guy Marlair has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 120: Electrical energy storage systems, until the end of March 2025.
Born in Belgium, Marlair started off his career as an R&D engineer in fluidized bed combustion at CHERCHAR (Technical and Research Centre of Charbonnage de France). “This means I was testing unusual fossil fuels as well as developing and commissioning new fluidized bed boilers,” he explains.
He then went on to work for The French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks (Ineris), under the aegis of the French Ministry of the Environment. The institute conducts research programmes into factors likely to lead to risk situations for public health and the environment.
The information collected is provided to public authorities and businesses to help them improve environmental safety. There he held several positions in the area of fire safety and related hazards. He managed a testing team responsible for large scale and lab testing as well as standards development.
Since 2008, he is the Technical Advisor and Research Manager in the Substances and Processes division inside Ineris. He is involved in the EU-funded DEMOBASE (design and modelling for improved battery safety and efficiency) project.
He has extensively written, notably on lithium-ion battery safety and fire-induced toxicity. He is a member of ISO TC 92: Fire safety and before heading IEC TC 120, he was a convenor of Working Group (WG) 5 which deals with safety considerations inside TC 120.
TC 120 aims to accelerate the integration of renewable energy (RE) into the grid and to enable a more reliable and efficient supply of electrical energy. As successful RE integration depends on electrical energy storage, small and big centralized and decentralized EES systems are of vital importance to meet growing global energy needs.