Batteries are all around us in energy storage
installations, Electric Vehicles (EV) and in phones, tablets,
laptops and cameras.
Under normal working conditions, batteries in these devices are
considered to be stable. However, if subjected to some form of
abnormal abuse such as an impact; falling from a height; extreme
environment changes or overcharging, these devices may be rendered
In an unstable condition batteries can change rapidly and, in
the worst cases, vent violently with flame.
Battery safety testing from HSL
The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) has been closely studying
battery safety for a number of years, usingits bespoke battery
testing facility to help our customers understand how best to
manage the risks faced by many industry sectors during battery
manufacture, storage, transport and use.
The main test facility is the battery safety chamber; a purpose
built enclosure with a control room situated approximately 15
metres away, from which HSL's battery testing specialists can
initiate and monitor the failure of cell and battery packs.
Features of HSL's battery safety testing facility include:
- Measurement: current, voltage and
- Initiation: cell failures can be initiated via
the application of electrical methods, heat or impact
- Video: recording with four high definition
cameras, plus the option to include specialist cameras such as
thermal imaging and high speed
- Gas sampling: in realtime or by means of
- Residue analysis: samples can be taken of
residues for later analysis by specialist HSL teams
Additional testing facilities from HSL
In addition to our dedicated battery safety chamber, the HSL
site spans more than 550 acres in which large scale bespoke fire
and explosive experiments are conducted. Such large scale, highly
energetic testing has been conducted safely on our site for more
than 40 years.
Besides open field tests there are a number of vessels of
varying shapes and sizes across HSL's wider estate that can
accommodate high pressure rises. The largest of these vessels has
an internal volume of 3600 cubic metres. These vessels could be
used for larger scale, enclosed battery testing.
Our battery testing team would be pleased to discuss
your company's requirements. Please contact:
Jonathan Buston +44(0)1298 218322 firstname.lastname@example.org