Members of the Binghamton LMAG participated in a Workshop on Lithium-Ion Battery Safety in Transportation Applications at Binghamton University in October 2023.

This workshop brought together stakeholders from battery and vehicle engineering, building and infrastructure design, firefighting and protection, and policymaker communities to exchange ideas and promote a systems view toward addressing the safety challenges brought on by the increased use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in transportation. 

M. Stanley WhittinghamM. Stanley Whittingham, a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry (2019), participated in the workshop. He is the Director of the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials Science and Engineering program at Binghamton University and the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage of the US Department of Energy. His Nobel Prize was for intercalation electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.

Topics for the workshop included:

  • Motivation: safety challenges of electrified vehicles
  • Overview of the state of commercial practice and growing market for Li-ion batteries in transportation
  • Li-ion battery chemistry and failure mechanisms
  • Fire protection/firefighting perspectives and practice
  • Regulatory environment guiding the safe design of vehicles, buildings, operations, and training
  • Potential solution alternative

The workshop was co-sponsored by IEEE.