Preventing battery explosions on Dreamliner planes: HEL to discuss the development of safe energy storage devices at Supercapacitors Europe

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HEL’s presentation at the 2013 Supercapacitors Europe event, taking place in Berlin from the 16th – 19th April, will focus on the techniques for the development of safe energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors.

The Phi-TEC Battery Testing Calorimeter which provides accurate assessment of potential thermal hazards from batteries of all sizes

The Phi-TEC Battery Testing Calorimeter which provides accurate assessment of potential thermal hazards from batteries of all sizes

The fire and explosion hazards of modern batteries are well known; a recent high profile example is the Li-ion battery fire which resulted in the grounding of the entire fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines in January this year. The Dreamliner fleet remains grounded and the development of safer energy storage holds the key to getting them up and running and more importantly, ensuring they are safe to fly.

HEL have developed Battery Testing Calorimeters (BTC) which allow energy batteries and other storage devices, such as those used in Dreamliners to be tested to destruction, this is also known as “abuse” testing. This testing means that safe operating limits can be established and the consequences of failure can be safely demonstrated. HEL also produces a calorimeter that can provide data that would be used for designing safety systems to actively prevent fires and explosion incidents.

HEL’s presentation will cover:

  • Data illustrating the heat produced from energy storage devices including videos of thermal runaway explosions
  • How key safety limits can be defined
  • The data needed to design thermal management systems which in turn will prevent thermal explosions
  • Heat generation data for different battery types, under isothermal conditions
  • Use of heat data for understanding and then optimising performance of batteries and supercapacitors

The Supercapacitors conference in Berlin focuses on the status and future direction of Supercapacitors and other energy storage devices.

Find out more about HEL's research in this area at their dedicated thermal hazards and calorimetry website http://www.hazards.co

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