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Lithium ion battery fires – Research and challenges


The Lithium-ion battery (LIB) is an important technology for the present and future of energy storage, transport, and consumer electronics. However, many LIB types display a tendency to ignite or release toxic gases. This talk provides an overview of the existing research, the industrial challenges, the causes of LIB fires, and the layers of protection.

Speaker Bio

Guillermo Rein is Professor of Fire Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology. His research is centred on heat transfer, combustion and fire. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. His research portfolio is ample, but over the last 20 years he is best known in three areas: 1) how polymers and wood ignite so we can avoid fires from starting; 2) how engineers can design better structures that resist fire; and 3) how wildfires spread and how to fight them.


This is a FREE IN-PERSON presentation at the BCIT Downtown campus, 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6, The Atrium (Room 825).

For those that can not attend in person, a MS Teams link is included in the meeting invite sent upon signing up.  

Start date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 10:30
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