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Lithium Batteries are reported in the news to erupt in flames and explode daily. FAA averages reports of Li-ion battery fires on commercial aircraft every 10 days.
The following information is reported directly from the U.S. Government and international news organizations
A shocking video shows a row of electric F-150s bursting into flames after EV batteries overheated and caught on fire. Those fighting the flames say they are currently unprepared to mitigate the looming crisis that could result from a growing number of EVs hitting the road in the near future.
Article: First responders sound alarm over EV batteries after electric F-150s burst into flames
They Won't Stop Blowing Up - Apr 11 2023
An electric bicycle powered by a lithium ion battery is being blamed for a fatal fire on Monday in New York City that killed two children, marking the latest in a string of e-bike-related fires in the city.
Article: NYC fire that killed 2 children caused by lithium battery, latest in string of e-bike-related fires in city
The Sad Truth Behind Lithium Batteries - Feb 1 2023
Smartphones, computers and electric vehicles may be emblems of the modern world, but, says Siddharth Kara, their rechargeable batteries are frequently powered by cobalt mined by workers laboring in slave-like conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Article: How 'modern-day slavery' in the Congo powers the rechargeable battery economy
Fire Wars - The E-Bikes Strike Back - Jan 26 2023
After two fires at the same Valley home in one night, fire officials are sounding the alarm about the dangers of lithium batteries, which are common in many households. Glendale Fire Department says a family experienced the fires late Tuesday night while charging three e-bike batteries in their garage.
Article: Fire officials sound alarm on dangers of lithium batteries after overnight fires
No More! Staten Island Terminates Lithium Facility - Jan 13 2023
After community members and local leaders voiced concerns about the location of a proposed lithium-ion battery storage facility, condemning its purported placement in close proximity to a church and six local schools, developers have announced their intention to officially withdraw project plans.
Article: Plans withdrawn for community-opposed lithium-ion battery storage system on Staten Island
A "smoking laptop" which was reported by the crew of a JetBlue flight after it had landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday night prompted a massive evacuation of the plane, officials said.
Article: Smoking laptop" forces evacuation of JetBlue flight after landing at JFK
Tesla Terror...Again! - Jul 20 2022
A Florida jury has awarded the families of two teens killed in a fiery Tesla crash $10.5 million. The lawsuit claimed that the teens survived the car crash but were killed when the Tesla’s batteries caught on fire. The father of one teen also claimed Elon Musk’s company removed a speed limiter from the car without his permission.
Article: Florida Jury Awards $10.5M in Case of Teens Killed in Horrific Tesla Fireball
The E-Bikes Are Back: Another Shop Up In Flames - Apr 21 2022
According to Andante owner, Mauricio Orozco, the shop had received an e-bike requiring its faulty battery to be checked and reinstalled. After the battery was sent to a repair specialist in Nevada and returned, it was left overnight to recharge.
While charging, the battery pack caught fire, ruining Andante’s premises and a range of bikes, wheels and components inside the shop.
Article: E-bike battery fire destroys bicycle shop
Chaos in Chandler: HAZMAT Situation at AZ Lithium Battery Facility - Apr 21 2022
Chandler Fire Department has been investigating a hazardous situation at a lithium battery storage facility near 54th Street and Pecos Road since Monday, officially calling for evacuations Thursday evening.
Article: HAZMAT situation at Chandler battery storage facility
Lithium Battery Fire On Ship Sends Crew Packing - Feb 20 2022
The large number of electric vehicles on board a ship that is drifting ablaze in the Atlantic Ocean is complicating efforts to extinguish the fire, the Dutch experts contracted to salvage the vessel said Sunday.
Article: Burning Electric-Vehicle Batteries Complicate Efforts to Fight Fire on Drifting Ship in Atlantic Ocean
Lithium Prices On The Rise - Feb 17 2022
As the price of lithium has skyrocketed over 400% in the past year, the demand for lithium-ion batteries appears more intense than ever. Lithium has earned the ‘white petroleum’ label due to its dramatic need for supplies from the rise of battery giga-factories, electric vehicles, powerwalls and energy storage businesses.
Article: Rising Lithium Prices Could Derail The EV Boom
Smoked! California Battery Storage System Overheats Again - Feb 15 2022
Vistra Corp. was once again forced to shut down part of California’s biggest battery storage system after some components malfunctioned.
The company took offline its 100-megawatt Moss Landing battery facility after a safety system activated late on Sunday, according to a statement. It’s the second incident at the plant in less than six months.
Article: California’s Largest Battery Storage Shut Down by Smoke, Again
NYC in Flames: Another Lithium Battery Explosion - Jan 8 2022
A massive fire that tore through a six-story Bronx building early Saturday, seriously injuring a firefighter, was sparked by a charging e-bike battery in a ground-floor restaurant, FDNY officials said.
Article: Lithium-ion Battery Sparks 4-Alarm NYC Fire
Video: NYC Lithium Battery Fire
FDNY Squares Off Against Lithium Fire - Dec 17 2021
The man killed in a raging East Village fire was charging nine e-bike batteries inside his apartment when the flames erupted, with the explosive force of the blaze blowing out the windows and a wall inside the fourth-floor residence, FDNY officials said Friday.
Article: East Village Fire
An in Depth Analysis on Lithium Battery Aviation Explosions - Sept 23 2021
As of September 23, 2021, there have been at least 340 aviation related incidents involving Lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage recorded since January 23, 2006.
Article: Timeline of Aviation Lithium Battery Explosions
Moss Landing, CA, World’s Largest Lithium Battery Shutdown - Sep 16, 2021
Detection of thermal runaway in single Lithium battery cell resulted in shutdown of 300MW facility. Fire District Chief stated: “When you’re talking about a fire at the largest battery storage facility in the world, you can’t help but think this could be the big one.” Firefighters remained on standby for six days.
Article: World’s Largest Battery Facility Shutdown with no Timetable on Return
Australia Tesla Megapack 450 MW Energy Storage Facility Fire – Sep 8, 2021
One of the newest and largest Battery Energy Storage Systems ignited just three days after being commissioned. “It took 150 firefighters and 30 trucks four days to extinguish this fire.”
Article: Fire at 450MWh Tesla Battery Site in Australia Raises Lithium Concern
Article: Tesla Megapack Batter Burned for Days in Grid Storage Fire
Get Ready For Lithium Ion Battery Fires - Sept 1 2021
When lithium batteries began to explode in a burning warehouse in Morris, Illinois, on June 29, it caught firefighters by surprise. The massive fire prompted city officials to order evacuating nearly 4,000 residents living nearby, a church, and small businesses.
Article: Lithium Battery Fires Ablaze
Video: Morris Industrial Fire
Why Do Lithium Batteries Burn? - July 19 2021
In April 2021, three pallets of lithium-ion powered mobile phones caught fire at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Responders spent 40 minutes extinguishing the fire.
Article: What Makes Lithium Batteries a Fire Hazard?
Video: Hong KongAircraft Lithium Fire
Lithium Fires Continue: Another Building Engulfed - Jun 29 2021
Tons of lithium-ion batteries exploded at a commercial building, prompting evacuations. Check out the video below to learn more details.
Video: 'Tons' of lithium batteries sparks fire at Morris commercial building, prompts evacuations
NTSB - Lithium Fire Risks for Vehicles - Jan 13, 2021
NTSB warning to first responders regarding the high dangers associated with fighting a lithium-ion vehicle fire with examples of electric vehicles whose fires were extinguished, only to reignite hours later.
Video: Li-Ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles - Safety Risks to Emergency Responders
International Air Transport Association Lithium Regulations – Dec 12, 2020
An updated regulation on what is required to transport lithium batteries on passenger or cargo aircraft. More than 25 pages of descriptions, procedures, and flow charts.
IATA 2020 Regulation: Transport of Lithium Metal and Li-Ion Batteries
Sprinklered Test of a 125 kWh Energy Storage System - Oct 23 2020
The following test was a large-scale evaluation of the performance of ceiling-level sprinkler protection at mitigating the fire hazard posed by an ESS comprised of lithium nickel oxide/lithium manganese oxide batteries (LNO/LMO).
Video: Energy storage system test
APS Lithium Battery Explosion Cause Report – July 8, 2020
70 page independent safety audit report with detailed analysis. Fire started from single cell of more than 100,000 that failed and started thermal runaway, fire and explosion. Entire lithium battery energy storage system (BESS) is a total loss. Two firefighters permanently disabled unable to resume careers.
Video: Report Reveals What Caused APS Lithium Explosion
China Controls the Lithium Battery Supply Chain – Apr 6, 2020
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the source of over two-thirds of global cobalt production, but China has over 80 percent control of the cobalt refining industry and 85 percent of the lithium battery supply chain.
Video: China’s stranglehold on electric car battery supply chain
Lithium Storage/Use Requirements for Optimum Life – Feb 26, 2020
Lithium batteries are very sensitive to temperature, charge and discharge rates, and the state of charge. This article is about the systems necessary to ensure Lithium batteries operate at peak performance and to reduce the risk of fire and explosion to a minimum. None of these considerations are relevant to SIRIUS modules.
Lithium Iron Phosphate Fire Test – Sep 13, 2019
An independent test by a highly regarding fire research organization. Analysis – LiFePo batteries are safer than Lithium-ion batteries but once ignited are very dangerous fires that burn very hot and for extended periods of time.
Video: Fire Burn Test of Lithium Iron Phosphate Energy Storage System
What Happened? AZ Lithium Ion Fire Recap - Apr 19 2019
On April 19, 2019, one male career Fire Captain, one male career Fire Engineer, and two male career Firefighters received serious injuries as a result of cascading thermal runaway within a 2.16 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) that led to a deflagration event.
Video: Fire Service Considerations Investigations of AZ Li-ion ESS Incident
Lithium Batteries in the Military – Storage/Charging Considerations - Sep 19, 2018
Despite wide usage, not everyone is aware of the hazards of lithium batteries and how to store them safely. A lithium battery explosion and fire at one base destroyed $70,000 worth of critical battery inventory. To make matters worse, the incident happened in a personnel-occupied building.
In-flight Passenger Compartment Lithium Fire – Feb 1, 2018
Lithium batteries remain unsafe and threat to general and military aviation. Dr. Natash Balsara UC Berkley, “Its completely unpredictable. There’s no way to look at a battery and say this is the one that’s going to be trouble.”