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US transport chief to form lithium safety groups

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Elaine Chao

The US government is forming groups of experts to study lithium-ion battery safety issues in manufacturing and transportation.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) is spearheading the formation of two expert committees on the batteries as part of a package of measures included in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that was recently signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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‘Pragmatism needed’ to create EU battery industry

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Chris Herron

In a carefully worded swipe at the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), Eurometaux’s Chris Herron (pictured) has warned of the need for pragmatism with regard to the battery industry— when it comes to creating a low-carbon European future with batteries at the very centre of things.

Herron, public affairs manager for Eurometeaux, which represents the non-ferrous metals industry, told the International Congress for Battery Recycling in Berlin last week, a three-part solution was needed to create a new European battery industry— a circular economy, a battery action plan and a non-toxic environment— a loaded phrase, because Herron recognised that in order to make batteries, hazardous metals are inevitably involved.

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New fuse makes lithium safer

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
New fuse makes lithium safer

American Lithium Energy (ALE), a company which supplies batteries to the US military, has developed a new technology to improve safety in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

The equipment is derived from a US Department of Energy project to provide high-energy electric vehicle batteries that do not burn in a crash and has been named “Safe Code”.

 

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Jam tomorrow promises on lithium safety

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong

Don't expect a technical revolution any time soon to prevent lithium-ion batteries fires— that was the unspoken take home message from Knowledge Foundation’s conference last week.

The small but highly influential battery safety meeting in Bethesda Washington heard when it comes to travel, lithium-ion is definitely taking the slow route to the west.

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NTSB: Dreamliner battery fire caused by design, testing

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:33 -- Laura Varriale
Boenig's Dreamliner

The battery fire that led to the grounding of Boeing’s Dreamliner fleet last year was caused by inadequate design and testing, according to the final report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The lithium-ion battery fire occurred on January 7, 2013 on a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner while the plane sat at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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Porvair launches super hydrophobic flame arrestor vents for lead-acid battery safety

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:53 -- Laura Varriale
vyon material

UK-based Porvair Filtration (Porvair) has developed flame arrestor vents with super hydrophobic Vyon materials to safeguard potential explosions in lead-acid batteries.

According to Porvair, the super hydrophobic material is resistant to most acid, organic chemicals and temperatures up to 110ºC while offering chemical capability. They are designed to reduce the risk of acid spillage and to release excess gas from lead-acid batteries during operating cycles and prevent flame ingress into the battery.

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