How to Prevent Lithium-ion Battery Fires from Cradle to Grave

With the increasing global deployment of renewable energy assets, there is an unprecedented requirement for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries in various applications because of their excellent power density and rapid charging and discharging rates. Containerized Li-ion battery energy system storage (BESS) facilities are particularly popular because of their rapid deployment for large-scale solutions used in the renewable power generation sector (generation, transmission, storage) as well as modular solutions for UPS requirements for Data Centres, Telco, Government infrastructures, Healthcare, Charging bays, etc. To satisfy this transition in power delivery more “gigafactories” are being built to manufacture lithium-ion batteries which also presents some unique challenges.

There are many advantages to Li-ion technology, including a smaller footprint, longer service life, and lower energy consumption. However, Li-ion batteries present a greater fire risk than VRLA batteries, leading to several high-profile incidents that have captured public attention. A Li-ion battery fire at a colocation data center in South Korea had devastating consequences in October 2022. The outage affected millions of users, with major South Korean tech companies experiencing an eight-hour outage, resulting in CEO resignations, government investigations, and class-action lawsuits[1].

Hear about the main risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, the impact of thermal runaway, different technologies considered and the latest approach in protecting the manufacture; deployment and recycling of them.


Richard Taylor

Business Development Director-Pacific, Honeywell

Having operated around the world in the fire industry for over 25 years Richard has been involved in driving better detection solutions for a wide range of businesses in a wide range of industries. Richard is now responsible for the development of the Pacific Fire market with Honeywell and is based in Melbourne.