Exploding Force: Lithium Battery Bombs Just Another Part of Our ‘Inevitable Green Transition’

Giant lithium-ion batteries are touted as planet saviours, but make sure you’re on the other side of town when they explode into toxic fireballs that firefighters simply can’t extinguish.

On the large-scale, it’s the kind of terrifying Tesla moment experienced by locals in Victoria when one of these lithium-ion wonders went up in flames and literally burned for days, because firefighters are unable to extinguish lithium battery fires – see above and our post here.

At the micro-level, these exciting moments in cutting-edge battery technology are being enjoyed by the owners of all kinds of Electric Vehicles, large and small.

Here’s the team from Jo Nova with a round-up of recent battery meltdowns.

The clean green future where you’re locked indoors due to toxic electrical battery smoke
Jo Nova Blog
Jo Nova
22 September 2022

Just another day saving the Earth from pollution..

Highways were shut for 12 hours and people had to seal themselves in their homes for hours.

Green Inferno: Tesla Battery Catches Fire in California Causing Shelter-In-Place

A Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at PG&E’s Elkhorn Battery Storage facility in Monterey County, California. A shelter-in-place advisory was in place for 12 hours due to fears of toxic smoke from the fire caused by Elon Musk’s battery system, with county officials announcing that even though the fire was “fully controlled” by 7:00 p.m. PT, “smoke may still occur in the area for several days.”

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, North County Fire Protection District, and Pacific Gas & Electric had all issued a shelter-in-place advisory for nearby areas, including an interactive map showing which areas are affected and closing roads for over 12 hours.

Local residents were told to shut all windows and turn off ventilation systems due to the hazardous waste material that may have entered the atmosphere due to the Tesla Megapack fire.

Also this week, but so much worse:

Electric scooter battery fire kills 8-year-old in US
New York: Amid the fires and explosions in electric two-wheelers continue unabated, a new report has claimed that an 8-year-old girl died after an electric scooter battery sparked a fire in the US.

According to the authorities, the death of Stephanie Villa Torres in New York City was at least the third time in a little over a year that a fatal fire in the city has been linked to a scooter battery, reports CBS News.
Newsroom Odisha

Just a random tweet last week on the joy of rapid e-bike discharging at home. What would you do?

Start planning those emergency fire drills now, buy a fire-resistant cabinet, or rewire your woodstove so you can charge your batteries in it. Don’t we love the smell of burning lithium in the morning?

Time to store electric bombs outside the house.
Jo Nova Blog

Giant batteries: what could possibly go wrong??



October 20, 2022 at 01:31AM

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