Lithium-ion batteries are being used in powering almost all the electronic gadgets around us. They initially became popular in the consumer electronics industry because of their rechargeable quality. Today, they have become a standard for any device that needs a portable rechargeable battery.
Do you have a mobile phone, electric tool, computer, or a camera? If so, there’s at least one lithium battery in your home or even in your hand right now! Their usage is not limited to consumer electronics alone and these batteries are now popular in electric bikes and cars.
Lithium-ion batteries are most commonly used on electric vehicles because of their high energy per unit mass relative to other electrical energy storage systems. They also have a high power-to-weight ratio, high energy efficiency, good high-temperature performance, and low self-discharge.
As electric vehicles keep becoming the way of life for millions of consumers globally, the innovation in lithium-ion batteries will continue.
What is a Lithium-ion Battery?
A lithium-ion battery is a family of rechargeable battery types in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and back when charging.
Why are Lithium-ion Batteries popular?
No other deep cycle battery comes close to lasting as long as lithium. You can use them in cold or hot weather with confidence.
Lithium-ion batteries don’t just offer longer life but are better sustainability. Studies have found them to be up to 100 x more efficient than legacy batteries.
Are Lithium-ion Batteries Dangerous?
In normal use, lithium-ion batteries are stable and work as intended with no problems, but if damaged or faulty, a lithium-ion battery is incredibly dangerous to the point that a “thermal runaway” event can happen resulting from the temperature rising quickly. This can cause the battery to ignite and because of the uncontrollable release into close surroundings anything flammable, including other batteries, is at high risk of becoming part of the incident resulting in a runaway event.
Lithium-ion battery fires are very dangerous and can be difficult to deal with because they release a flammable and toxic vapour which helps to fuel the fire.
The growth in lithium-ion battery use also brings increased risks for the businesses that store and distribute battery-powered products.
How to Store Lithium-ion Batteries?
As lithium-ion batteries continue to be more and more commonly used, their safe storage requires a considered approach to protect people, property and the environment from potential fires or explosions.
As a security solution, we at Emtez offer a range of lithium-ion battery storage solutions designed specifically to store and (if required) built-in charging ports & suppression systems. This limits explosion risks in office buildings, shops, schools, government buildings, warehouses etc.
We also offer a bespoke service ensuring that your lithium-ion battery store is tailored 100% to suit your specific requirements.
Lithium-ion Battery Storage Regulations
At this current time, no official regulations cover the safe storage of lithium-ion batteries in the EU or UK and they aren’t officially regarded as “hazardous substances” however insurers often set out their own binding criteria so that not only are immediate surroundings safer, but companies will be better prepared for when legislation does come. Batteries are still highly volatile and do require a responsibility of care when in use or even in storage.
Our expert team is on hand to discuss any potential projects & requirements you have and how we can assist you to be ready for upcoming legislation or to make your workplace a safer environment.