Battery Transport Boxes

The hazard potential involved in the production, storage and transportation of lithium-ion batteries is considerable. In the years ahead, the use of lithium-ion batteries, battery cells and battery modules will continue to increase dramatically in all industrial applications. First and foremost, will certainly be the automotive area. During transport, it is important to be aware that damaged lithium-ion batteries must always be referenced as dangerous goods. Depending on the method of transport, the corresponding packaging standards are derived from the internationally applicable standards and provisions of the ADR, but also from the IATA-DGR, ICAO-TI, the IMDG as well as the RID in conjunction with UN3090, UN3091, UN3480 and UN3481.

 

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Electrovault – Lithium Ion storage and charging solution

Lithium Ion Battery Store – Introducing Electrovault

Over two billion Lithium ion cells are produced every year, but major safety concerns surround battery storage, quarantine procedures, transport/disposal of damaged batteries and thermal runaway. During a thermal runaway, the high heat created by the failing cell can develop to the next cell, causing it to also become thermally unstable. A battery pack can be destroyed within minutes or last for hours as each cell runs away.  An irreversible thermal event in a lithium-ion battery can be initiated in several ways, by spontaneous internal or external short-circuit, overcharging, external heating or fire or even mechanical abuse.

During a thermal runaway hydrogen fluoride HF, phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5) and phosphoryl fluoride (POF3) are released, studies have shown that using water as a fire suppressant may also increase the formation of HF.

Our Electrovault storage units are made to comply with RC61 guidelines for Battery storage and can be tailored to suit your specification, whether that is:

  • Atex Rated Temperature control
  • Atex Rated Humidity Control
  • Atex Rated Gas detection systems
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Rated  (including all Atex internal electrical components where required)
  • Atex Lighting
  • Remote monitoring systems
  • FIFO control operations
  • LIFO control operations
  • Fire rated and segregated Quarantine areas
  • Restricted access control
  • Fully automated extraction systems

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Opinion: Electric car revolution welcome but safety is paramount

Chemstore UK welcomes the Government’s announcement that all new vehicles in Britain will be electric from 2035 and the positive impact this will have on the environment, however when it comes to the technology behind electric vehicles – lithium-ion batteries – it must be remembered that safety is paramount.

Lithium-ion batteries have quickly become ubiquitous powering so many of our every day devices from mobile phones and laptops to power tools. However their risks are still poorly understood.

Lithium-ion batteries are now a common contributor to household fires and they have become a serious hazard in waste and recycling centres as people casually dispose of them within their household waste with little understanding of the dangers they pose. They are also present a serious hazard within industrial premises.

One major issue is that they are vulnerable to thermal runaway, an uncontrollable chain reaction during which the high heat created by the failing cell can develop to the next cell, causing it to also become thermally unstable. Once ignited, the batteries can also emit toxic fumes and battery cells can reignite hours after an initial fire has been extinguished making them extremely unpredictable for the fire service to deal with.

Why lithium-ion battery fires start is unclear but manufacturing defects and contamination, damage in transit and over charging are all thought to play a role. If they are not appropriately segregated there is also the risk of them being affected by a fire that has started elsewhere which can have devastating consequences.

More questions than answers

The reality is that there are more questions than answers at the moment about lithium-ion battery safety and even the fire service is learning as we go. Research is underway which will hopefully provide some clarity but it is prudent to manage lithium-ion batteries with the utmost caution until we fully understand their risks, handling them with care and keeping them in specialised safe storage facilities, such as Chemstore’s Electrovault range, segregated from other hazards.

As trusted specialists in hazardous materials, at Chemstore UK, we are already working with leaders in the automotive and motorsports industry to ensure they are handling and storing their lithium-ion batteries in line with best practice as it is currently understood.

However whether you are an electric car manufacturer handling and storing vast quantities of lithium-ion batteries, or just dealing with this technology in small amounts, it is important not to overlook this omnipresent risk.

Chemstore UK offers a range of indoor and outdoor handling and storage solutions for lithium-ion batteries as well as providing bespoke storage options. Contact us today on 020 8704 1807 to find out more.

Lithium Ion Battery Box

Lithium Ion Battery Box for storing and transporting defective or damaged lithium batteries in accordance with P 908.

  • High-quality special container made of aluminium.
  • Suitable for up to 3 lithium batteries, each up to 814 Wh.
  • Equipped with fireproof padding and absorbent material made of textured glass fibres.
  • Successfully fire tested: flame does not spread to adjacent batteries, temperature at the container surface remains below 100°C.
  • Tested and approved as hazardous goods packaging in accordance with UN requirements, i. e. can be transported on public roads.
  • High level of stability due to 3 fully-welded aluminium profile frames.
  • The Lithium Ion Battery Box is easy to load and unload.

Note

  • Clearance dimensions approx. 30 mm less than inside dimensions (length and width). Special sizes on request.
  • Special inserts available on request.

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Chemstore launches dedicated lithium-ion battery storage unit

Hazardous materials experts Chemstore have launched the Electrovault, a dedicated lithium-ion battery storage unit which can be tailored to an individual company’s needs.

Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly popular, not least due to their use in electric vehicles, but there is still some confusion around the safest way to handle and store the technology.

Chemstore Managing Director Mike Brodie explains: “When it comes to lithium-ion battery storage a standard fire rated unit just won’t do yet we are finding many companies are unaware aware of this.

“For example one issue with lithium-ion batteries is the occurrence of thermal runaway; lithium-ion batteries have a narrow operating temperature range of between +15 and +45°C and if they exceed this limit a thermal runaway can occur where an increase in temperature changes the conditions in a way that causes a further increase in temperature. During a thermal runaway hydrogen fluoride HF, phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5) and phosphoryl fluoride (POF3) are released and studies have shown that using water as a fire suppressant may increase the formation of HF yet it’s not uncommon to find people storing lithium-ion batteries in units with water suppression systems.”

The Electrovault units are made to comply with RC61 guidelines for battery storage and can be tailored to suit your specification, whether that is:

  • Atex Rated Temperature control
  • Atex Rated Humidity Control
  • Atex Rated Gas detection systems
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Rated  (including all Atex internal electrical components where  required)
  • Atex Lighting
  • Remote monitoring systems
  • FIFO control operations
  • LIFO control operations
  • Fire rated and segregated Quarantine areas
  • Restricted access control
  • Fully automated extraction systems

Call Chemstore today for a free review of your lithium-ion storage arrangements on 0208 704 1807.

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Lithium Ion Storage and Charging cabinet – 90 Minute Fire Rated

Introducing the ION-LINE Cabinet, The Solution for Lithium-Ion Battery Storage.

 

In Active Storage, lithium-ion batteries or battery packs are charged in a cabinet.

When charging lithium-ion batteries heat can be generated, if this heat output is too high, a fire may occur, for example, if the lithium-ion battery, charger or the cable is defective. Another major risk factor is thermal runaway of lithium-ion batteries. To combat this major issue we introduced a lithium-ion storage cabinet.

You can rest easy in the knowledge that you can charge your batteries overnight and they will be protected by a 90-minute fire-rated cabinet that has smoke detection and fire suppression built-in.

 

 

Dimensions: External 1,196W x 616D x 1,968H (mm).

Cabinet Weight: 424Kg.

Loading: 180Kg evenly distributed load per shelf.

Storage: 6 No. shelves and 1 no. bottom collecting sump.

Spillage Collection: 33 L Leak tested, welded steel, liquid collection sump in the base.

Access: Twin hinged wing doors.

Finish: Chemical resistant powder coat finish (Blue).