Underwriters Laboratory releases white paper on li-ion battery safety

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The Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety-related testing and certification, released its first in a series of white papers focused specifically on evolving battery technology. The white paper, entitled Safety Issues for Lithium-Ion Batteries, explores the potential dangers of high-tech batteries. More specifically, the UL's position paper discusses the probable causes of lithium-ion battery failures and suggests new types of tests that will help manufacturers design and construct more robust and safer batteries. Additionally, the paper explores new uses for high-tech batteries and assesses the potential risks associated with implementing this evolving technology in key areas like consumer electronics, medical devices, industrial equipment and automotive applications.

Carlos Correia
, vice president of the UL's high-tech division, discussed the importance of developing and adhering to strict lithium-ion safety standards, stating:
It is critical that safety standards maintain relevance and support safe use of lithium-ion batteries as they become more prevalent and usage expands in new ways. UL is dedicating significant resources to translating battery safety research into safety standards and this position paper is one example of that commitment.
There is a brief outline of the paper after the jump. Alternatively, click here (registration required) to download a copy of the white paper, or here to read more about testing and certification services provided by the UL.

[Source: Underwriters Laboratory]

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