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Arizona firefighters rushed to hospitals after explosion at battery facility
Eight firefighters, from two separate agencies, were hospitalized Friday after an explosion at an Arizona Public Service facility in Surprise, where utility-sized lithium batteries used in the storage and distribution of solar energy are housed.

Four firefighters from the Peoria Fire-Medical Department were seriously injured. One firefighter was in critical condition after being knocked unconscious. Two others were in serious condition, Capt. Ken Wier told FOX 10 of Phoenix.

Three of the most seriously hurt firefighters were airlifted to Maricopa County Medical Center's burn unit in Phoenix while the fourth was transported to a West Valley hospital, Michael Selmer, a spokesman for the department, told

Four additional firefighters from the city of Surprise were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Battalion Chief Julie Moore of the Surprise Fire Department told AZCentral.

Fire teams from Peoria and Surprise both responded to APS McMicken Energy Storage facility around 6 p.m. after someone passing by spotted spoke, Moore said. Firefighters began inspecting a utility-size lithium battery for hazardous chemical levels. An explosion occurred as a Peoria Fire hazmat team attempted to enter the facility.
us_AZ  industrial  explosion  injury  batteries 
3 days ago by dchas
Waste Managers Warn of Fire Risk With Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are a growing fire hazard at landfills and transfer stations across the region.

The batteries can spark under pressure and heat.

Waste managers are urging residents to properly dispose of electronics at designated recycling centers or hazardous waste collection sites.

The Lebanon landfill, which serves communities across the Upper Valley, has seen seven fires in the past ten months, said Marc Morgan, the facility’s solid waste manager.

The weight of machinery driving over a cell phone or tablet, embedded in a pile of garbage, is enough to cause a small explosion, he said.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association, a non-profit focused on recycling and waste reduction, is running workshops this spring on proper battery handling. The next N.H. workshop will be May 2 in Plymouth. 
us_NH  public  discovery  environmental  batteries  waste 
6 days ago by dchas
Battery technology will define the future of renewable energy | TheHill
Renewable energy, especially solar and wind power, is quickly becoming the dominant locus of new electricity generation investment. The Bloomberg 2017 New Energy Outlook predicts that $10.2 trillion will be spent on new power generation worldwide through 2040, and a massive 72 percent of this will be invested in new wind and solar plants. The broader availability of clean power is an encouraging development from both an environmental and an economic perspective. However, as energy markets accelerate along the transition from conventional to sustainable energy generation, there will be a growing problem that the industry must address.
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7 days ago by sew245
On-grid batteries for large-scale energy storage: Challenges and opportunities for policy and technology | MRS Energy & Sustainability | Cambridge Core
The commissioning on 1 December 2017 of the Tesla-Neoen 100 MW lithium-ion grid support battery at Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia, at the time the world’s largest, has focused the attention of policy makers and energy professionals on the broader prospects for renewable energy storage. An adequate and resilient infrastructure for large-scale grid scale and grid-edge renewable energy storage for electricity production and delivery, either localized or distributed, is a crucial requirement for transitioning to complete reliance on environmentally protective human energy systems. Its realization will require a strong synergy between technological advances in variable renewable energy storage and the governance policies that promote and support them. We examine how existing regulations and governance policies focusing on large-scale batteries have responded to this challenge around the world. We offer suggestions for potential regulatory and governance reform to encourage investment in large-scale battery storage infrastructure for renewable energy, enhance the strengths, and mitigate risks and weaknesses of battery systems, including facilitating the development of alternatives such as hybrid systems and eventually the uptake of hydrogen fuel and storage.
energy  batteries  technology  politics  environment 
7 days ago by sew245
A Fungus Recycling Plant Could Help Reuse Your Old Smartphone Batterie
The lithium inside your smartphone battery probably came from a huge brine pool in South America or a mine in Australia. But as demand surges—Tesla’s new Gigafactory, alone, plans to use essentially the entire current world supply of lithium for electric car batteries—researchers are trying to figure out better ways to recycle the material instead.
materials  batteries  environment  science  technology  rareEarth  energy 
7 days ago by sew245
Recharging the Clean Energy Transition with Battery Storage
The world’s leading technology consultant McKinsey now says battery storage is the “next disruptive technology in the power sector.” According to its 2017 report, “low-cost storage could transform the power landscape.”
energy  batteries  politics  economics 
7 days ago by sew245
How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry
The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies.

Based on our research on the operation and costs of electricity grids, especially the benefits of new technologies, we are confident energy storage could transform the way American homeowners, businesses and utilities produce and use power.
energy  batteries  politics  economics  science  technology 
7 days ago by sew245
A new approach to rechargeable batteries | MIT News
In the end, after experimenting with various compounds, the team found that an ordinary steel mesh coated with a solution of titanium nitride could perform all the functions of the previously used ceramic membranes, but without the brittleness and fragility. The results could make possible a whole family of inexpensive and durable materials practical for large-scale rechargeable batteries.
energy  batteries  science  technology  materials 
7 days ago by sew245
Electricity Storage | Energy and the Environment | US EPA
The electric power grid operates based on a delicate balance between supply (generation) and demand (consumer use). One way to help balance fluctuations in electricity supply and demand is to store electricity during periods of relatively high production and low demand, then release it back to the electric power grid during periods of lower production or higher demand. In some cases, storage may provide economic, reliability, and environmental benefits. Depending on the extent to which it is deployed, electricity storage could help the utility grid operate more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of brownouts during peak demand, and allow for more renewable resources to be built and used.
energy  batteries  science  politics  economics 
7 days ago by sew245
Barriers to Renewable Energy Technologies
In March 2017, wind and solar accounted for 10 percent of all US electricity generation for the first time ever. Although 10 percent may not sound high, it reflected a major achievement for both technologies, which have overcome numerous barriers to become competitive with coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.
energy  batteries  economics  politics 
7 days ago by sew245
The new economics of energy storage | McKinsey
Many people see affordable storage as the missing link between intermittent renewable power, such as solar and wind, and 24/7 reliability. Utilities are intrigued by the potential for storage to meet other needs such as relieving congestion and smoothing out the variations in power that occur independent of renewable-energy generation. Major industrial companies consider storage a technology that could transform cars, turbines, and consumer electronics (see sidebar, “What is energy storage?”).
energy  economics  politics  science  batteries 
7 days ago by sew245
Jump-Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition - Clean Energy Group
This report was prepared for activists and foundations who want to understand how battery storage can become an essential new part of their clean energy and climate advocacy. It tries to answer two basic questions: (1) What do we need to know to understand these opportunities? and (2) What actions should we support to realize them?

This report explores the top 10 emerging trends for battery storage across all elements of the energy system, and it recommends over 50 actions that should be taken to accelerate battery storage in these topic areas.
energy  batteries  politics 
7 days ago by sew245
Fluidic Energy: ASU academic start-up attains global reach
Cody Friesen’s alternative research team at Arizona State University set out to create an energy storage breakthrough that would dramatically reduce costs and eliminate toxic and rare metals in batteries. The solution was found by innovating a way to make zinc-air batteries rechargeable — a solution that launched Fluidic Energy Inc. as a private company now set to power 500 remote Indonesian islands.
energy  batteries  materials  environment  science  technology 
7 days ago by sew245
NASA is prepared if a battery ever explodes in space - The Verge
his maybe sounds obvious, but you can’t charge your spacecraft with an extra long power cord — which is why batteries are clutch for space, powering everything from electric tools and spacesuits to satellites and planetary rovers. But sending a battery into the cosmos means more than just loading it onto a rocket: batteries must be built to withstand the extreme temperatures of the space environment, and they also have to be packaged so that they don’t harm any astronauts if they accidentally explode.
batteries  materials  environment  space  energy 
7 days ago by sew245

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