Chemstore launches Electrovault for safe storage of lithium-ion batteries
03 September 2019
Hazardous materials expert, Chemstore, has launched Electrovault, a lithium-ion battery storage unit that can be tailored to a 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 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
Remote monitoring systems
FIFO control operations
LIFO control operations
Fire rated and segregated Quarantine areas
Restricted access control
Fully automated extraction systems