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Safe and efficient battery transportation is a critical component of the manufacturing supply chain. Meanwhile, catastrophic incidents involving the transportation of lithium-ion batteries continue to make news. The task of implementing effective safety strategies falls on regulatory authorities, cell manufacturers, R&D engineers and forensic scientists. Part 2: Transportation, Packaging & Forensics continues the vital dialogue of integrating lithium-ion battery safety into a mobile society.

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Wednesday, November 18


Forensic Analysis: Post-Incident
Investigation & Response

1:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

Jason A. Sutula, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-CFI Senior Fire Investigator/Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

1:50 787 Battery Co-Presentation

Robert SwaimRobert Swaim, National Resource Specialist, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

 

Mike BauerMike Bauer, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

 

Batteries in three 787 airplanes experienced thermal runaway and the fleet was grounded pending battery and installation redesign. The investigation provided complex design insights and findings that have or will affect all battery power stakeholders. We present photos showing the history of lithium batteries involved in prior aircraft accidents, the 787 battery design and installation and the investigation. We conclude with safety recommendations to regulators applying to future battery designs and usage.

2:50 Post- and Pre-Event Forensics and Analysis

Christopher_HendricksChristopher Hendricks, Research Scientist & Engineer, Leidos Contractor, Advanced Power and Energy Group, NSWC Carderock, U.S. Navy; Research Scientist, University of Maryland

Energy-dense power systems (e.g., lithium and lithium-ion batteries) are critical to Navy needs and are supporting numerous commercial endeavors that could not otherwise be accomplished economically. Battery casualties often destroy critical evidence of the underlying triggering mechanisms and sequences of events that led to a failure. We describe available techniques for pre-event diagnostics and forensics analysis as well as post-event examination of battery products and material to mitigate lithium-ion battery failure.

3:20 Examination of Suppression Agent Use on Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

James A. LynchJames A. Lynch, Director, R&D, Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC

The presentation covers the use of dry chemical, halon and water additive agent on lithium-ion battery fires. The testing also included immersion of the lithium-ion battery fires into water and water additive. Temperature and mass loss were collected as a measure of fire spread and total damage.


3:35 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

4:15 Battery Fire Safety Management: Real-World Solutions for Industry and First Responders

Ronald ButlerRonald M. Butler, CEO, Training/Product Development, Energy Storage Safety Products International (ESSPI)

Battery fires present often unforeseen damage to all sectors of the battery life cycle. Integration of battery-powered products and energy storage systems is made difficult by negative fire safety perceptions of battery technology. Training interventions designed to better prepare battery developers, manufacturers, integrators and others in the battery life cycle for internal emergency fire response are required. Additional interventions would prepare other authorities having jurisdiction, allowing wider acceptance of these great technologies.


4:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring Mobile Battery Safety from Consumer to Commercial Applications

Moderator:
James_BarnesJames A. Barnes, Ph.D., Consultant, Barnes Tech Advising; formerly U.S. Navy at NSWC Carderock and U.S. Department of Energy
Panelists:
Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, TIAX, LLC
Mike Bauer, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Ronald M. Butler, CEO, Training/Product Development, Energy Storage Safety Products International (ESSPI)
Jason A. Sutula, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-CFI Senior Fire Investigator/Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Judith Jeevarajan, Ph.D., Research Director, Electrochemical Safety, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
Robert Swaim, National Resource Specialist, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)


Lithium-ion battery technology and applications are rapidly evolving. In addition, the use of lithium-ion batteries by consumers in long-term or multi-use applications is widening. Thus engineers must continue to re-design systems (BMS) to mitigate risks. Forensic analysis during prebenchtop R&D and post-field investigation progresses the vital dialogue of integrating lithium-ion battery safety into a mobile society.


5:15 Close of Day

5:30 Dinner Workshop Registration




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Thursday, November 19

7:30 am Battery Breakfast Breakout Discussion Groups

Grab coffee and breakfast and join a discussion group. These are moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing conference participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.

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Policy

8:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

John T. Warner, D.M., PMP, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, XALT Energy


FEATURED PRESENTATION
8:50 Using Risk Assessments as a Tool to Enhance Safety

Nancy_RockbruneNancy Rockbrune, Head, Safety Management System (SMS), IATA

The provisions set out in the regulations for the transport of lithium batteries are the minimum requirements for safety. Safety risk assessments and the use of predictive hazard identification provides a tool for airlines to identify specific risks involved in the transport of lithium batteries in cargo and passenger baggage and to then implement mitigation strategies to further enhance safety.


FEATURED PRESENTATION
9:20 Lithium Battery Risks in Aviation

Janet S. McLaughlinJanet S. McLaughlin, Director, Hazardous Materials Safety Program, Office of Security & Hazardous Materials Safety, Federal Aviation Administration

Get an update on recent FAA fire testing outcomes relating to the risks of lithium batteries. Discuss the evaluation of mitigation strategies for the transport of lithium batteries by air.


9:50 ICAO’s Lithium Battery Performance-Based Standard: What It Means for Shippers of Lithium Batteries

George KerchnerGeorge A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel is developing a performance-based standard that would apply to nearly all shipments of lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries. ICAO’s goal is to develop a standard based on the principle that the “hazardous effects” of a lithium battery will be contained within the package during transport. Mr. Kerchner explains the status of ICAO’s work on the new standard, implications for shippers of lithium batteries and how the standard may be implemented.

10:20 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 Navigating the Regulatory Jungle: Compliance in an Increasingly Complex Environment Co-Presentation

Steve Hwang, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Kevin Leary, Transportation Regulations Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

As lithium battery technology evolves so have the risks. Thus, the U.S. DOT has recently made updates to its rules for the transport of lithium batteries. In this co-presentation, we will discuss the characteristics of lithium batteries, how and why they can fail and safety consequences. We will then explain how shipping rules address transportation safety risks and guide you step-by-step via different modes (i.e., air, vessel, rail, and motor vehicle), how they are classified, how they should be packaged, and exceptions.

11:45 Session Break

12:00 pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:00 Session Break


Packaging & Shipping

1:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

1:35 Lithium Battery Transportation Increasing Challenges to Reduce Risk

Bob RichardBob Richard, Ph.D., Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), Vice President, Regulations and Compliance, Labelmaster Services

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel met April 27–May 1 in Montreal. Lithium battery regulations consumed most discussion. The DGP agreed to establish a task group to develop enhanced packaging standards for the transport of lithium batteries. Regulators are focused on mitigating measures to reduce risk of a catastrophic incident. Bob provides updates of risk mitigation efforts and an overview of additional transport requirements likely to be imposed on shippers.

2:05 ICAO’s Proposed Lithium Battery Performance-Based Standard: A Battery Manufacturer’s View

Thomas De LuciaThomas M. De Lucia, Director, Product Compliance and Safety, NEC Energy Solutions

ICAO’s work on a lithium battery performance-based standard could have significant implications for lithium cell and battery manufacturers and shippers of these products. Based on the preliminary work that has been completed thus far on this standard by ICAO and the battery industry, Mr. De Lucia explains how a lithium battery manufacturer could meet this new standard based on existing cell and battery designs and packaging.

2:35 FedEx Battery Shipment Requirements, Aircraft Safety and Limitations

Thomas LeechThomas (TJ) Leech, III, CHMM, Manager, Dangerous Goods Hotline, Corporate Safety, FedEx

An overview of FedEx Express (air) battery shipping requirements will be discussed. This includes any special requirements or variations from the standard requirements and shipping limitations. Aircraft safety devices/systems will be discussed.

3:05 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

3:35 Safe and Efficient Battery Transportation: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

John WarnerJohn T. Warner, D.M., PMP, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, XALT Energy

XALT Energy will discuss some of the challenges associated with shipping lithium-ion based cells, modules and packs including developing appropriate packaging and finding partners that are capable of navigating the maze that can be international shipping and importation standards. Through gaining an understanding of the challenges XALT will discuss how those challenges have been overcome by presenting some examples as well as some potential opportunities for continued improvement.


4:05 PANEL DISCUSSION: Battery Safety & Transportation: Managing Safety Requirements with Sound Business

Moderator: George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association


Panelists:

Steve Hwang, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Kevin Leary, Transportation Regulations Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Thomas (TJ) Leech, III, CHMM, Manager, Dangerous Goods Hotline, Corporate Safety, FedEx

Nancy Rockbrune, Head, Safety Management System (SMS), IATA

John T. Warner, D.M., PMP, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, XALT Energy


How can battery manufacturers and OEMS ship their products efficiently and cost effectively while still following regulations that ensure safe transport? This panel addresses how policymakers, manufacturers and shippers can achieve their shared safety goals while maintaining fiscal responsibility.


5:05 Close of Conference


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