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Utility and Misc

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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A Fire Broke Out At A Samsung Battery Factory

The following story is so sensational, so “nooo way!” that I sat on it for a few hours after first seeing photos and “tweets” about it on Weibo (aka China’s version of Twitter): the factory that made batteries for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire. The dozens of “tweets” from Weibo, with photos of thick black smoke coming […]

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As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Picture this: You’re at a park, on a walk, with a baby. A friendly middle-aged man approaches you and tells you your stroller could be really dangerous. You might think this man is crazy. But maybe not if you knew he’s the nation’s product safety chief. “I couldn’t live with myself if I walked away […]

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Battery Blows Up and Destroys NASA Robot

NASA’s RoboSimian robot recently suffered a massive battery explosion. Lithium-ion batteries going boom have been in the news a lot recently because of Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7. But Samsung isn’t the only one with an exploding battery problem. NASA’s having its own difficulties. Back in June, a group of researchers from NASA JPL working on […]

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Calls for lithium battery review after Boeing Dreamliner fire at Heathrow

Air Accident Investigations Branch raises concerns that aircraft equipment powered by the batteries could be vulnerable in report on 2013 blaze Investigators are calling for a safety review of all lithium battery-powered equipment on planes after a fire on board a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow, which crew would have struggled to contain in flight, was […]

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Battery Fires Pose New Risks to Firefighters

Smoke, sirens and flashing lights interrupted the night on Aug. 1, 2012, as a fire took hold at the remote Kahuku wind farm along the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. The blaze sparked at 3:30 a.m. in a metal warehouse with 12,000 lead acid batteries mounted in racks towering more than 6 feet high. […]

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Battery Fires Pose New Risks to Firefighters

Electricity storage booms as regulators race to develop safety standards Smoke, sirens and flashing lights interrupted the night on Aug. 1, 2012, as a fire took hold at the remote Kahuku wind farm along the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. The blaze sparked at 3:30 a.m. in a metal warehouse with 12,000 lead acid […]

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UK investigators blame a new kind of battery for Ethiopian Airlines 787 fire

The fire that caused significant damage to an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner sitting on the tarmac of London’s Heathrow airport last week is now officially being blamed by British authorities on batteries — but not the same ones that led to the 787’s months-long grounding earlier this year. This time, the focus is on an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) […]

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Praised but Fire-Prone, Battery Fails Test in 787 Image

Powerful and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries are the perfect power source for modern gadgets. But ubiquitous as they are, their short history has also been fraught with problems — they have caught fire in cellphones, laptop computers and electric cars, and even destroyed a small Navy submarine. Now, federal investigators are trying to determine why a […]

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