Battery Live Talk

Charging with Confidence: Battery Safety and Fire Prevention

Online | 26 October 2023 | 16:30 – 17:15 CET


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Participation is free of charge, and you are kindly invited to join! 

We look forward to welcoming Adrian Heuer of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Jens Hack of Umicore AG & Co. KG on the virtual panel of our next Battery Live Talk to discuss pressing issues of battery safety and fire prevention.

What will be addressed?

  • How does continuous monitoring and advanced diagnostics contribute to preventing battery fires?
  • What role does regular maintenance play in enhancing battery system safety by identifying potential issues?
  • Is there a need for urgent action from policymakers and manufacturers to address the increasing risk of battery fires, as highlighted by recent incidents ?

When talking about battery fires, we can mainly identify two areas: the battery itself and external circumstances.

For the battery itself, thermal runaway describes the overheating of a cell, which can lead to adjacent cells also overheating, creating a chain reaction known as thermal propagation. A crucial aspect in preventing battery fires is the early detection of potential causes of thermal runaway. Thus, continuous monitoring of the batteries is essential. Any detected anomalies should trigger a warning or, if necessary, shut down the system to prevent further damage.

There are also many factors around a battery that can fail. This is referred to as the "external risk area." Just like with conventional combustion engine vehicles, the most effective strategy against electric vehicle fires is comprehensive prevention. This includes the proper design, procurement, installation, maintenance, and monitoring of these systems to ensure early detection and resolution of issues that could lead to a fire.

Recycling associations are calling for immediate action from policymakers and manufacturers to strengthen the upcoming revision of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act due to increasing fire hazard. The necessity of such regulations has been demonstrated in recent weeks, especially with the fires in Dresden and Duisburg in Germany, as well as other fire incidents in disposal companies, serving as a compelling reason for action.

Join us in the discussion of this Battery Live Talk to dive into the topic with us: Which tools and procedures can help detect potential issues early, even before they can lead to noticeable performance degradation of the battery? Which measures help identify external signs of potential problems, such as swelling or leaking, which can indicate the risk of thermal runaway? How should these signs be dealt with, and what are the regulatory adaptations needed to ensure battery safety? We look forward to meeting you online to discuss these and many more questions.


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It is free of charge, and you are kindly invited to join! 

Register now!



This discussion format is free of charge and opens a channel for critical reflection on important questions that arise within the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) European Battery Innovation.

The event is organised by the accompanying research of the IPCEI EuBatIn, managed by VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. 

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