LithSafe Contracted by EPA to Protect Lithium Ion Test Facilities
The US Environmental Protection Agency has contracted LithSafe to develop lithium ion battery test chambers, design emergency response protocols, and create staff emergency training for their NVFEL test facilities. As seen with the recent Boeing 787 incident (among others), lithium (ion) batteries can present a substantial fire hazard. The EPA has deemed it necessary to protect its facilities and workers. These facilities test lithium ion batteries for use in electric and hybrid vehicles.
With the anticipated rise in fuel standards comes a greater opening for electric (EV) and hybrid vehicles. The EPA moved quickly to develop and implement the safest testing environment possible. The goal is to protect EPA staff, first responders, local communities, and the environment from the negative effects of unforeseen battery fires. While Li-Ion and other batteries technologies employed in electric vehicles are generally safe and offer many benefits, they do have a down side. They are subject to a growing fire concern. There have been a number of recent fire events around the world that have raised a red flag regarding lithium ion battery safety.
"LithFire-X integrates multiple disciplines to provide the best fire management solutions for our clients," said Ron Butler, Senior Partner at LithSafe. “Our goal is not to demonize battery technologies; in fact, we think they represent great alternative energy solutions. We are, however, in the business of keeping people and businesses safe, so we advocate preparedness.”
The EPA, along with a number of other organizations, recognizes the risks associated with testing, shipping, and storing high-output batteries. As their testing volume expands, so does the risk of the unforeseen fire or emergency event. These concerns will only grow as Industry experts forecast an increased demand for Li-Ion and other battery technologies in the very near future. “We agree with the industry predictions that high-output battery platforms, certainly electric and hybrid vehicles, will increasingly dominate their industries,” said Butler. “We offer our clients the most effective means to protect their people and environments.”
For additional information on LithSafe (LithFire-X) call Gerry Flood at (248) 752-7110 (cell), (313) 444-4849 (office), email: email@example.com, or visit the company’s website: www.lithfire-x.com
Ron Butler, Gerry Flood