Recycling firm Recyclus Group has been granted a UN-standard safety certification for its battery boxes that allow for the safer transportation of lithium-ion batteries.
The battery boxes have received the ADR certification P911(1), a requirement for transporting hazardous substances by road within Europe.
The certification confirms the boxes adhere to UN standards (UN nos. 3090, 3091, 3480 and 3481) for the transport of damaged or defective cells and batteries liable to rapidly disassemble, dangerously react, produce a flame, a dangerous evolution of heat, or a dangerous emission of toxic, corrosive, or flammable gases or vapours under normal conditions of transport.
Recyclus Group, a 49% Technology Minerals-owned company, will release the boxes under the brand name Halo.
The boxes allow for the safer storing and transporting of lithium-ion batteries, as well as a mechanism for Recyclus’ strategy for UK-wide collections of lithium-ion batteries and other dangerous goods.
The boxes will be sold in the UK market and internationally, and be available for short-term leasing options.
Stopping battery fires
Research from Eunomia Research and Consulting found lithium-ion batteries are responsible for around 48% of all waste fires in the UK each year, causing around £158 million ($192 million) in damages annually.
The Halo boxes contain battery fires and, as a secondary measure, their proprietary fire-smothering ‘battery pillows’ extinguish any fires and prevent the build-up of poisonous gases.
In the event of a fire, the pillows are designed to fail at the source, releasing ‘pyrobubbles,’ which melt and smother the flame, which stops battery fires from releasing toxic gases.
The boxes are also designed with value and longevity in mind. The modular approach means any damaged components can be easily swapped out for ease of repair and lower costs.