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The Burning Issues Surrounding Lithium-ion Batteries in the Waste Industry

12 Sep 2024
Materials & Markets Stage

The use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries has become increasingly prevalent in many aspects of modern life and while Li-ion batteries have many advantages, including high energy density, long cycle life, and fast charging capabilities, their safety and sustainability depend on how they are manufactured, used, and disposed of.

Fires caused by discarded Lithium-ion batteries and devices containing them are an increasing problem in the waste industry. There are particular concerns around the growing number of fire incidents caused by so-called zombie batteries and discarded vapes, as well as the safe recycling of Lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion battery fires have unique attributes and are not like other types of fire, therefore education and awareness are key; as is assessing the fire risk they present to your organisation, having an action plan in place to mitigate the risk, and being able to manage the fire event should the worst happen.

This session will delve into the challenges associated with these type of fires and you will gain valuable insights into why they happen and how to prevent them using the Firechief® Halo™ 8 Step Battery Safety Plan. There will also be a case study featuring a large waste management business who have successfully deployed this approach.

Matt Humby, Senior Technical Consultant - Firechief Global