The Foundation is conducting a multi phase research program to develop guidance for the protection of lithium ion batteries in storage. The first two phases of this project, a hazard assessment and a large scale flammability characterization, were completed in 2013. The latter program provided good information on the performance of cartoned small format batteries in storage and indications are that a practical sprinkler protection solution, similar to that used for other common stored commodities will be effective.
In order to confirm this finding, a third and final phase of the test program – a validation phase is required. This will consist of large scale testing (8-24 pallet loads) to ensure that the sprinkler system proposed will be effective in controlling the fire hazard. The insurance industry will donate all the costs associated with this testing, as well as the engineering services to coordinate and report on the results. Due to the high retail cost of the batteries (in excess of $500,000), we are seeking additional sponsors.
If you are interested in participating, please contact me at [email protected]