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Lithium Impact News

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.

July 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 Kong Aircraft Lithium Fire


11 July 2021 

UK’s giant battery ‘farms’ spark fears of explosions that can reach temperatures of  660C – even worse than the Beirut port blast – with one expert calling them "potential  bombs"

Article: UK Battery Facilities on Brink of Explosion

13 January 2021

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


6 April 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


26 February 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.

Article: U.S. Chemicals - Li-Ion Storage Requirements


9 August 2019

2MW Lithium energy storage system catches fire and explodes. Sends 8 firefighters to  hospital with critical injuries: skull fractures, broken limbs, and 3rd degree burns.

Video: Body Cam Footage of First Responders Post Explosion


1 February 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.”

Video: Battery Fire on Plane Points to Danger in the Sky

19 September 2018

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

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