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Utility and Misc

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) […]

Utility and Misc

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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FAA grounds all Boeing 787 airplanes in the US after second battery-related fire

Following All Nippon Airways decision to ground its fleet of Boeing 787s Dreamliners, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that all 787s in the US are to be grounded pending an investigation into the recent lithium-ion battery failures that have caused fires in Boston and Japan. Just yesterday, a 787 had to make an emergency landing in […]

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Fire aboard empty 787 Dreamliner prompts investigation

A smoky fire broke out aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner in Boston on Monday in the latest glitch for the much-heralded Boeing model.The Japan Airlines plane, which had arrived at Logan Airport from Tokyo at 10 a.m., was being prepared for a noon departure at a gate when a maintenance worker noticed smoke […]

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