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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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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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