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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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Firefighters recovering after explosion at APS battery facility Friday

SURPRISE, Ariz. (FOX 10) — Three Peoria firefighters are still in the hospital after they were hurt by an explosion in Surprise. The incident happened Friday night, as they responded to a HAZMAT call at an APS facility that stores solar energy in batteries. The injured firefighters are being treated at the Arizona Burn Center, and […]

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Fire breaks out during battery test at Tualatin warehouse

A fire broke out Thursday during a new product test of six large lithium-ion batteries at a Tualatin warehouse. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said crews responded to the 20000 block of Southwest 115th Avenue about 5:05 p.m. Someone from the business that was performing the testing reported the batteries were on fire. Firefighters quickly […]

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Fire outside Tesla plant in Fremont contained

FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) — Fremont firefighters battled a fire outside of a Tesla plant Saturday night. The fire was first reported around 8:25 p.m. and contained about 90 minutes later. The plant is located at 45500 Fremont Blvd. The fire was on the grounds of the Tesla plant outside the main building. At first, officials […]

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Frequent fire raising concerns over safety of solar energy

A series of fires in energy storage systems (ESSs) has been raising safety concerns, according to industry analysts, Tuesday. With ESSs essential for optimizing energy efficiency, further accidents may compromise the feasibility of renewable power and hamper the government’s bid to expand the use of cleaner energies. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and […]

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Lithium-Ion Batteries: Crucial for Utility-Scale Solar, but a Fire Risk for Cities

Frequent flyers may remember a period when the TSA warned travelers not to take certain smart phones onboard airplanes out of fear that their batteries could catch fire. While the small lithium-ion batteries used in cell phones may cause injury, they are generally not large enough to cause damage to buildings or other structures. When […]

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Lithium-ion batteries: a new safety issue for ships?

More and more ships are turning hybrid or fully electric and increasingly rely on lithium batteries and energy storage as a power source. The technology has proven itself reliable and powerful, but safety concerns, such as thermal runaway, still linger. Elliot Gardner takes a closer look at some of the main risks. There has been […]

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Boom in giant batteries hits another roadblock: Cities’ fear of fire

The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements and onto rooftops. “You can have these things go on fire, and then hours or […]

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Fire breaks out at lithium ion battery factory in Sylmar

SYLMAR — An electrical fire broke out Wednesday morning at a lithium ion battery manufacturing firm in Sylmar, but no one was injured. The fire, which was contained in a storage room measuring 200 by 200 feet thanks to sprinklers, was reported at 1:46 a.m. at Quallion LLC, 12744 San Fernando Road, said Brian Humphrey […]

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Last memo from missing Argentine submarine reveals start of a battery fire

The last communication from the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan revealed a leak of sea water had caused a short circuit and “the beginnings of a fire” in the batteries, according to a copy of the message published by Argentine television. “Entry of sea water through the ventilation system into battery tank No. 3 caused a […]

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Wind power backup and storage batteries explode into flames and send a toxic cloud over the city of Brussels

A wind power storage battery has exploded into flames at a power station located near the city of Brussels. The fire resulted in a cloud of toxic fumes that flew over the city and force thousands of people to stay at home. The battery was part of the first real live testing of power batteries […]

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Tesla Model X Owner Pulled From Car After Falcon Doors Don’t Open In Fire

Tesla’s commitment to new technology is what put it on the map, but the way this tech rolls out is always contentious. Lithium-ion batteries, Autopilot and now the Model X’s Falcon doors, which are blamed for a harrowing incident in China. In February, Lee Tada and her boyfriend were being driven by her chauffeur in the […]

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Lithium-ion battery storage may be banned inside Australian homes

Lithium-ion battery storage devices – including Tesla Powerwalls and other products – may be effectively banned from being installed inside homes and garages in Australia under new guidelines being drafted by Standards Australia. The move, if upheld, is likely to send shockwaves through the industry, with thousands of Australian households, including prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, already installing […]

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