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Utility and Misc

Battery menace costs recyclers millions

By Robin Latchem – May 27, 2020 The crippling cost of scrapyard fires caused by batteries is set out starkly in a Europe-wide survey of site operators. One-third of respondents reported a severe blaze in the past four years, costing an average EUR 1.3 million, with batteries identified as the cause in 75% of incidents. The results […]

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Pressure builds on lithium-ion

The issue of safety in lithium ion batteries is an area of major concern that is generating a lot of interest in the media. And rightly so. Done right, lithium ion battery technology is a mature, well established technology that has been used for nearly 30 years. Done wrong? Well batteries have turned into incendiary […]

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UPDATE: Semi that shut down Hwy. 58 was carrying 31,000 pounds of lithium batteries, CHP says

by: Joseph Luiz Posted: Apr 27, 2020 / 02:39 PM PDT / Updated: Apr 27, 2020 / 08:26 PM PDT UPDATE (2;30 p.m.): The semi truck involved in the incident was carrying 31,000 pounds of lithium ion batteries that had been packaged in 55 gallon steel drum containers, according to CHP. At around 9:15 a.m., the department said officers were […]

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Amazon faces lawsuit over Chinese battery that allegedly burned down a garage

The lawsuit says the battery was an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ product A mislabeled battery that allegedly caused a fire in a Minnesota man’s garage last year is the subject of a new lawsuit against Amazon. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company claims the e-commerce giant sold the battery to its client, Dane Meyer of Cottonwood, Minnesota, […]

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Yamaha recalls 82,000 wireless electric guitar equipment due to fire hazard

Erin Patterson | Mar 12, 2020 HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka — Yamaha has recalled 82,000 digital wireless pieces for electric guitars because of a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Line 6 Relay G10 Digital Wireless Guitar Systems and USB Charging Cables, which are used to wirelessly connect an electric guitar to an amplifier, […]

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Recycling Plants Are Catching On Fire, And Lithium Ion Batteries Are to Blame

By Jillian Mock | Feb 28, 2020 |The Verge A nightmare for the recycling industry became incarnate when a Texas recycling plant burst into flames in December 2016. The fire caught quickly, melting plastic bottles, consuming cardboard boxes, and incinerating discarded paper. The massive building’s sprinkler system had been damaged in a recent freeze and failed […]

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Everyone’s Favorite Climate Solution Has a Fire Problem

The path away from fossil-fuel power means more giant batteries—and more risk of dangerous fires. By David R Baker and Mark Chediak January 28, 2020, 2:00 AM PST The explosion ruptured the dusk settling over the desert in Surprise, Arizona. For hours, smoke had poured from a metal shed packed with lithium-ion batteries at a small electric substation. […]

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Lithium batteries are everywhere, and they’re more dangerous than you think. Here’s what to know.

Sarah Taddeo and Maggie Gilroy, New York State Team STORY HIGHLIGHTS Lithium batteries have caused a number of fires and explosions in consumer products and at recycling plants in the U.S. Recycling facilities take a number of precautions to identify and dismantle battery-containing devices before they cause a problem. Consumers should never throw them out or […]

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Lithium batteries, hybrid systems and the dangers of exothermic fires

by Craig Jallal The rise of electric and hybrid energy propulsion systems necessitates improved guidelines on gas detection and better fire suppression techniques for lithium batteries At the start of 2020, three containers on the 2008-built, 10,800 TEU containership Cosco Pacific combusted creating the seafarers’ worse nightmare – a fire at sea. The initial investigation found that […]

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COSCO says lithium battery started vessel fire

The fire that broke out on the COSCO Pacific was caused by the spontaneous combustion of a lithium ion battery, according to widely reported update from the Chinese carrier. Port Technology International (PTI) reported on the story when it broke yesterday. The vessel caught fire in the Arabian Sea while en route from Port Klang, Malaysia, to […]

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Battery Dangers Got Little Attention from Coast Guard Before Conception Fire

16 Dec 2019The Los Angeles Times | By Mark Puente, Richard Winton, Leila Miller Nearly a year before 34 people were killed in a fire aboard the dive boat Conception, a second vessel owned by the same charter company began a three-day voyage around the Channel Islands. Divers on the Vision charged numerous lithium-ion batteries installed in […]

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Faulty lithium battery charger believed to cause house garage fire in Boulder City

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Boulder City Fire Department responded to a garage fire on Esther Drive just after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Crews found the garage fully engulfed in flames. One person was taken to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation, and another person inside the house was able to escape uninjured. Pets inside the home […]

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Lithium-ion battery suspected as cause of blaze at Urbana recycler

Debra Pressey URBANA — A Thanksgiving night fire at Mack’s Twin City Recycling may have been sparked by a lithium-ion battery, according Corey Mathis, co-operator of the Urbana business. There was a box of batteries on a storage shelf where the fire appeared to originate, and an investigator from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office […]

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Fire and Rescue NSW suspect discarded battery sparked recycling warehouse fire

By Robert Crawford, Nov 21, 2019 A fire in a Bomaderry recycling business could have started from a discarded battery. Emergency services were called to the Shoalhaven Recycling factory in Victa Way, Bomaderry around 4.30am on Wednesday after reports a fire had broken out in its warehouse. The first fire crews on the scene were […]

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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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