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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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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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