LithFire-X LLC, a US-based specialty fire and safety management company, has been awarded patent protection for a fire suppression system specifically designed to contain and extinguish lithium ion battery fires in electric energy storage configurations.
Electric energy storage applications hold energy generated in a number of ways (grid, wind, solar) for use at a later time. These systems rely on a storage medium to contain the energy. One of the more effective mediums in use now and increasingly in the future, is lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries are excellent for this application and are expected to be used on world-wide scale.
While Li-Ion and other batteries technologies employed in electric energy storage are generally safe and offer enormous benefits, they do have a down side. They are subject to a growing fire concern. There have been a number of recent fire events around the world, involving lithium ion batteries that have raised a red flag regarding lithium ion battery safety. The fast-spreading, high-energy fires pose a threat to human safety and possess the potential to destroy the very expensive storage systems themselves.
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