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Waste Connections cites batteries in trash, recycling fires

Lithium-ion types that aren’t properly disposed pose risk By Jeffrey Mize, Columbian staff reporter Published: November 21, 2019, 6:02am Share: On Nov. 15, a Waste Connections recycling truck was making its rounds in the Washougal area when its contents caught on fire. To extinguish the fire, the truck dumped its load of cardboard, newsprint, scrap […]

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Minneapolis stops battery collection amid fire concerns

Residents are now being told to bring batteries to hazardous waste sites.   By Eric Roper Star Tribune November 20, 2019 — 8:00pm Batteries in this bin at Westonka Library began smoking and nearly caused a serious fire in October. Minneapolis residents can no longer dispose of batteries in bags atop their recycling carts, due […]

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Rechargeable batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your house

We’re all playing Russian roulette with devices powered by lithium ion batteries. Chances are you have dozens of lithium ion-powered devices inside your home right now. Some are probably hooked up to chargers — and that’s when they are most likely to ignite and cause a destructive fire.Advertisement But we accept the risks in exchange […]

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Fire and Gas Explosion in Battery Room of Norwegian Ferry Prompts Lithium-Ion Power Warning

October 15, 2019 by Mike Schuler Norwegian authorities are warning shipowners and operators about the dangers associated with lithium-ion battery systems after a fire and subsequent gas explosion on board a diesel-electric ferry in Norway. The small fire was reported October 10 in the battery room of the Norled passenger ferry MF Ytterøyningen. The ferry returned to harbor under […]

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After APS explosion injures 4 firefighters, Arizona cities enact battery storage laws for utilities, homeowners

When firefighters were called to an Arizona Public Service Co. facility in Surprise earlier this year for a fire, they didn’t know there were giant batteries inside, storing energy for future use on the electrical grid. They found out when they got to the scene, and conducted tests before entering the building. After firefighters had entered, the place exploded. […]

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DNR: Lithium-ion battery likely caused fire in Outagamie County recycling compactor

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is warning people about the dangers of tossing old electronics and their batteries out with your curbside trash or recycling. On Friday, the agency posted on its Facebook page that a lithium-ion battery caused a fire in a compactor box at a waste facility in Outagamie County. No one […]

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Fire at planned solar farm in Faversham could fill air with toxic gas

A catastrophic fire at what would be the UK’s biggest solar farm could see the air filled with toxic gas as far as six miles away, an expert in biochemical engineering has warned. Dr Bruno Erasin says a blaze at a huge battery storage unit forming part of the planned development on the outskirts of Faversham would […]

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3 firefighters still recovering months after APS battery exploded in Peoria

The Peoria Fire Department has confirmed that all four of its firefighters are out of the hospital after a battery managed by Arizona Public Service exploded in Surprise back in April.  Deputy Chief Rob Brewster told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that firefighter Jake Ciulla had returned to work while firefighter Matt Cottini, Capt. Hunter Clare and […]

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Ariz. battery fire stirs debate about lithium-ion safety

Electric utility Arizona Public Service Co. said yesterday it would delay some of its battery storage facility projects after a fire and explosion at a storage site four months ago prompted an investigation. Donald Brandt, APS chairman and CEO, discussed the post-fire delays on an earnings call for Pinnacle West Capital Corp., the utility’s parent […]

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Arizona commissioner cites ‘unacceptable risks’ from lithium-ion batteries for large-scale projects

Dive Brief: Democratic Commissioner Sandra Kennedy raised concerns on Friday about the use of lithium-ion battery chemistry in the wake of Arizona Public Service’s (APS) battery storage fire on April 19. Kennedy acted independent of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), having previously expressed interest in opening an ACC investigation into lithium-ion chemistries. […]

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Faulty battery may have sparked Russian submarine fire – reports

A malfunctioning lithium-ion battery may have sparked a deadly fire on a top-secret Russian nuclear submersible earlier this month that killed 14 naval officers, according to reports. The Kremlin has remained tight-lipped about the incident, citing the sensitive nature of the submarine, AS-31, also known as Losharik. But at a funeral service for the decorated sailors, a navy officer […]

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Fire crews not trained to counter fire threat at battery compounds

Management at Kerry County Council say fire crews in Kerry are not yet trained to deal with the potential disasters caused by fires at battery storage facilities. In May 2019 planning was approved for 40 battery units, transformers and associated equipment at a facility in Ballynahulla near Ballydesmond, while planning for a second facility is […]

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Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – The risks and how to manage them

The rapid rise of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s) that use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology brings with it massive potential – but also a significant range of risks.  AIG Energy Industry Group says this is one of the most important emerging risks today – and organisations that use this technology must balance the opportunities with […]

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Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as critical for the wider deployment of renewable […]

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South Korea: Panel blames electric shock, poor management system for ESS fires

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) – Industry Ministry to toughen safety measures to prevent casualties, damage. Ending a five-month-long probe into energy storage systems that caught fire, the South Korean government blamed defects in devices, poor management and systems, without holding battery manufacturers accountable for the fires.On Tuesday, a private-public joint committee, formed in January to […]

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Revised battery rules again risk “banning” home installations

Trouble is brewing for Australia’s growing battery storage industry, with insiders saying that the latest version of residential battery installation guidelines propose excessive fire safety measures that – again – stand to make it almost impossible for households to install. The Draft Standard for battery installation rules and safety guidelines, which is due to to […]

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Call to overhaul ‘mishmash’ of battery standards after house fire

Consumer advocates have called for stronger safety regulations for lithium-ion batteries after a house fire was thought to be caused by an e-bike battery. The risk of fires from faulty lithium-ion batteries is increasing because they are used in an increasing number of consumer electronics, from mobile phones and laptops to home battery systems and […]

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A Rocket Science Solution To Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

I don’t really drive enough to make an electric vehicle (EV) a compelling value proposition, but if my commute was a bit longer it is something I would seriously consider. However, there is one aspect of EVs that makes me a little nervous. Although rare, lithium-ion batteries can fail, resulting in a fire. This fire can […]

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The APS Battery Explosion Should Worry PNW, AES Investors

AES and PNW investors should be paying close attention to the risks associated with their investments. Arizona Public Service (PNW subsidiary) is working to determine what caused an explosion at their McMicken Energy Storage facility, a grid-scale battery facility. The explosion injured 4 fire fighters and sent 3 of them to a burn center. If the […]

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Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race

Another lithium-ion battery has exploded, this time at an energy-storage complex in the U.S. At least 21 fires had already occurred at battery projects in South Korea, according to BloombergNEF. But this latest one, erupting on Friday at a facility owned by a Pinnacle West Capital Corp. utility in Surprise, Arizona, marked the first time it has happened in […]

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