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Battery Safety and Energy Storage

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 unstable.

In an unstable condition batteries can change rapidly and, in the worst cases, vent violently with flame.

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Battery Safety Solutions from HSE

Automotive battery testing to UN ECE Regulation 100 - R100

HSE can perform some aspects of battery testing in accordance with Regulation No 100 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to specific requirements for the electric power train [2015/505]

Bespoke Battery Abuse Testing

Using our purpose-built battery testing facilities, we can initiate and monitor the failure of cell and battery packs and examine the consequences and impact of abusing batteries to failure conditions.

Features of our testing facilities:

  • Measurement: current, voltage and temperature
  • 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 sampling tubes
  • Residue analysis: samples can be taken of residues for later analysis by our specialist teams

Testing and Validation of New Materials or Products

HSE can work with you to evaluate your designs and perform bespoke testing of novel materials and products used in lithium ion battery technologies.

Additional testing facilities from HSE Testing and Monitoring

In addition to our dedicated battery safety chamber, the HSE Science and Research Centre's site spans more than 550 acres where we routinely conduct large scale bespoke fire and explosive experiments. 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 our 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.

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Testing and Validation of New Materials or Products

HSE can work with you to evaluate your designs and perform bespoke testing of novel materials and products used in lithium ion battery technologies.

Health and Safety by Design

Novel technology introduces new health and safety challenges. We will work with you at the project outset to share our unique combination of regulatory insight, scientific expertise and real-world experience and 'design-in' health and safety at an early stage. Allow us to provide strategic risk management consultancy or peer review your project plans.

Risk Management: Proactive Hazard Identification and Developing Safe Systems of Work

As lithium ion batteries as an energy source become common place, we can help you to effectively manage risk, safeguard your assets and protect your people as they interface with this new technology.

Organisations using or handling lithium ion batteries at any stage of their operations need to be aware of their potential hazards and how to safely manage and mitigate the risks they pose. We can work with you to review your operations, identify hazards and develop safer systems of work.

Complete Worker Health

With so much focus on battery safety, it's crucial to keep an eye open for the health risks associated with the introduction of lithium ion batteries in the workplace. Particularly pertinent to first responders and those in the waste and recycling industries, we can work with you to ensure the health effects of interfacing with lithium ion battery technology are considered, particularly as batteries degrade or disassemble.

To find out more, please contact Kate Jeffrey on 020 3028 2212 or e-mail

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