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A massive explosion halted expansion of batteries for APS, but the company has restarted the effort

Ryan Randazzo Arizona Republic View Comments Arizona Public Service Co. is restarting plans to install massive batteries on the electrical grid around Arizona after a fire and explosion brought that work to a halt more than a year ago. The big bet on batteries came from APS as the company sought to get more of its power […]

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LG Chem Recalls Certain Home Batteries Over Fire Concerns

JULIAN SPECTOR  DECEMBER 03, 2020 The company acknowledged five “thermal events” in the U.S. that caused property damage, but no injuries have been reported. LG Chem’s Resu became a mainstay of the U.S. home battery market, but certain units are at risk of “thermal events.” Battery manufacturer LG Chem has launched a recall of some […]

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Call2Recycle Tackles Battery Disposal as Electronic Usage Increases Due to COVID-19

Megan Greenwalt | Nov 19, 2020 Besides the fact that electronics can take up space in landfills, electronics can be recycled as they contain materials, like valuable metals from motherboards and rechargeable batteries, which can be recovered and used in the production of new products. Batteries also present safety risks to people, property, and the […]

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ISWA: Lithium-ion batteries and fire risk

In this special report, Jeff Cooper, a past president of the International Solid Waste Association and former producer responsibility specialist at the Environment Agency, looks at the results from a survey by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and assesses some of its implications. The use of lithium-ion batteries is becoming increasingly common.  They are […]

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EREF survey aimed at understanding the frequency and cause of fires at waste, recycling facilities

Posted by Adam Redling The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in partnership with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), requests responses from industry participants to a survey aiming to understand the frequency and causes of fires at […]

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The explosive problem of ‘zombie’ batteries

By Ben MorrisTechnology of Business editor The stress levels rocketed for Ian Scott-Browne earlier this month, when one of his colleagues radioed him and told him to call the fire brigade. Smoke had been spotted coming from one of the sorting machines at the Smallmead recycling centre, just outside Reading in southern England. He knew […]

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Electric Storage Explosion Highlights Danger of a Growing Technology

By Jim Sams | September 7, 2020 An investigation into the cause of an explosion at an Arizona energy storage facility that injured four firefighters confirms what engineers had feared: Packing lithium-ion batteries tightly together can spark a chain reaction that can cause catastrophic damage and endanger lives. Arizona Public Service is holding off on its plan to […]

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CONSORTIUM TO INVESTIGATE BATTERY WASTE FIRES

By Fiona Binns | 3 September 2020 Independent environmental consultancy Euomonia has set up a consortium to investigate the costs of, and potential measures to prevent, fires which are being started by lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries in waste. These batteries are found in a variety of electronics products, such as smart phones and watches, and are one […]

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How the Energy Storage Industry Responded to the Arizona Battery Fire

Arizona Public Service’s battery fire could have slowed the U.S. storage market. That hasn’t happened. JULIAN SPECTOR AUGUST 18, 2020 By the time the results of the fire investigation were released last month, many industry changes were already underway. (Image: APS) In the first of a three-part series, Greentech Media’s Julian Spector looks at implications and […]

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Dispute Erupts Over What Sparked an Explosive Li-ion Energy Storage Accident

The April 2019 accident near Phoenix put plans on hold to further deploy battery energy storage systems across Arizona By David C. Wagman Aug 10, 2020 A little after 8:00 p.m. on April 19, 2019, a captain with the Peoria, Arizona, fire department’s Hazmat unit, opened the door of a container filled with more than 10,000 […]

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UL recommendations now in after 2019 lithium battery fire in Arizona

By Kelly Pickerel | July 29, 2020 UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) today released a report detailing an April 2019 deflagration incident at a 2.16-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) facility in Surprise, Arizona. The report provides a detailed technical account of the explosion and fire service response, along with recommendations on how to improve codes, standards, […]

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Grid-Level Energy Storage Ready for Takeoff but Barriers Remain

By: Corina Rivera-Linares JUL 28, 2020 Although battery storage technology is gaining traction, the industry must face several challenges head on to take full advantage of it. For electric utilities like Consolidated Edison Inc.’s subsidiary Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., battery energy storage is a key component of providing reliable power, but challenges remain for […]

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Faulty battery system triggered 2019 APS explosion that injured Surprise firefighters, report finds

The fire was actually a “cascading thermal runaway event” inside a large APS energy storage facility, according to the new report. July 27, 2020 Updated: 7:28 AM MST July 28, 2020 SURPRISE, Ariz. — A thermal chain-reaction caused by a faulty battery system triggered the explosion that injured eight firefighters in Surprise last year, according to […]

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Planners say thumbs down to battery storage project

David Ross | on July 16, 2020 Artist’s rendering of the Greens Storage expansion. VC Community Planning Group (VCCPG) Monday voted to oppose a large lithium-ion battery storage project dubbed Valley Center Storage; to endorse Green Storage, an expansion of an existing facility on Lizard Rocks Road; and to endorse evacuating a county easement that had attracted the […]

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Catching the thermal runaway: Testing safety of energy storage systems

As energy storage projects grow around the world, driven by an increase in renewable energy generation and the integration of such into grid operations a troubling phenomenon needs to be addressed. Fires – many of them linked to lithium-ion batteries – are occurring with troubling frequency. This article was originally published in Smart Energy International Issue 3-2020. Read the full digimag or subscribe to receive a […]

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Battery shipping loophole exposed by FedEx fire, NTSB warns

A fire that destroyed a FedEx Corp. truck in Canada exposed a loophole in lithium-battery testing standards that could have led to a fatal blaze on a flight, U.S. investigators said. The shipment by Braille Battery Inc. of Sarasota, Fla., in 2016 had earlier prompted federal regulators to charge the company with violating shipping rules. […]

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Fire Triggers Call for Stronger Battery Rules

Had the batteries caught fire while in the air, they could have caused the plane to crash. Jun 8th, 2020 | Contributor Tom Krisher The damage resulting from a lithium-ion battery fire in a FedEx truck is show in these photos taken June, 2, 2016. Left: The fire damage to the FedEx truck and its […]

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NTSB Seeks Stronger Lithium-Ion Battery Rules After Fire

DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a loophole that allows some lithium-ion batteries to taken on airplanes be closed, citing insufficient safety precautions. Monday’s recommendation comes after batteries were flown from Florida to Toronto by FedEx. The batteries erupted in flames on the ground, destroying a delivery truck. The agency says […]

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WEEE fires caused by batteries ‘increasing’

The number of fires in the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management chain caused by damaged batteries is increasing, according to a report prepared by EuRic and the WEEE Forum. Published today and titled Characterisation of fires caused by batteries in WEEE, the report suggests that within the WEEE management chain there is a high […]

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Shared lessons on vessel battery fires strengthen safety

by John Snyder With battery-hybrid and electric propulsion growing in the OSV market, a DNV GL workshop provides a valuable forum for examining lithium-ion battery technology  Advances in storage technology combined with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions reduction continue to drive the application of battery-hybrid and electric propulsion in offshore support vessels and shipping as a whole. A small fire and secondary […]

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