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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Video: NYC Lithium Battery Fire
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
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.
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
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.
IATA 2020 Regulation: Transport of Lithium Metal and Li-Ion Batteries
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
An independent analysis by FM Global a world-wide loss prevention insurance company that provides risk mitigation and business resilience consulting. FM Global has written many international reports on the dangers of Lithium-anything.
Global Reports: FM Global Lithium Research Reports