Stakeholders gather at Fire Protection Research Foundation for workshop on lithium ion batteries

Published on September 7, 2011
Fire protection guidance needed for safe storage and distribution

September 7, 2011 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted a planning workshop on protection strategies for lithium ion battery storage and use hazards in August. The workshop included a presentation on the Foundation’s report Lithium Ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment (PDF, 5 MB), which was released in July and benchmarked available information on hazardous scenarios throughout the typical battery life cycle.

“As demand continues to grow for products that are energized by lithium ion batteries, the need for research on potential hazards related to them and fire protection solutions is growing as well,” said Kathleen Almand, executive director of the Foundation. “Workshop participants agreed that an action plan to develop protection strategies for lithium ion batteries in storage is needed and expressed a commitment to work toward it, which is a key outcome of this meeting.”

Seventy-five stakeholders gathered to discuss protection scenarios related to safe storage and distribution of lithium ion batteries in general, and to share industry-specific expertise to inform group discussions. Among others, representatives from the automobile industry, air transportation sector, battery manufacturing, general storage and manufacturing, and research communities contributed.

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