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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 Testing from HSE Testing and Monitoring

We have been closely studying battery safety for a number of years, using our bespoke battery testing facility to help customers understand how best to manage the risks during battery manufacture, storage, transport and use.

Our main test facility is the battery safety chamber; a purpose built enclosure with a control room situated approximately 15 metres away, from which our battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the failure of cell and battery packs.

Features of HSE's Battery Safety Testing facility include:

  • 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

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.

More Information

Our battery testing team would be pleased to discuss your company's requirements. Please contact:

Jonathan Buston +44 (0)203 028 2037

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