13/08/2019

Laptop fire test: BAM is investigating if and how a lithium battery could become a risk.

Laptop fire test: BAM is investigating if and how a lithium battery could become a risk.

Source: BAM

Berlin, 13 August 2019. During the German Federal Government Open Day on 17 and 18 August, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) will provide information on the safe handling of lithium batteries. At their exhibition stand at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), BAM will demonstrate what can happen if batteries are defective and how they can be safely transported.

Lithium batteries are used in a multitude of electronic devices and modes of transport today, such as electric cars, e-scooters, laptops and mobile phones. However, there are also risks associated with this type of battery: accidents are happening again and again due to the burning of lithium batteries.

BAM is involved in research for the safe use of lithium batteries and specifies the transport conditions for defective and damaged lithium batteries that are liable to react dangerously. BAM is also represented at the United Nations’ subcommittee responsible for the regulations for the worldwide transport of dangerous goods.

Furthermore, BAM investigates whether and how a lithium battery becomes a risk. This is important because damaged batteries can release hazardous gases or may even ignite. Consumers should therefore neither overheat nor overcharge lithium batteries. A deep discharge to almost 0% can also damage the battery, as well as mechanical effects such as shocks, crushing or impact to the battery pack.

At the BAM stand at BMWi this weekend, experts will be answering questions on the topic of lithium batteries.

About BAM

BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.
As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes.

BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.

Safety creates markets.
BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany“.