Technology is supposed to make us smarter, safer and stronger – yet it also can be dangerous, as we have seen recently with the burning batteries issue.
The most heightened public awareness of this risk of advanced battery technology came with reports of some batteries on the new Samsung 7 spontaneously bursting into flames, prompting the company to recall millions of phones. Every airline around the world, announced on each flight, for that particular phone to be turned off or even taken off board. Also, earlier in 2016, hoverboards (self-balancing scooters) were banned from roads and sidewalks in several cities in the USA and were not allowed on airplanes due to many highly-publicized incidents of spontaneous explosions or catching fire. Battery technology safety problems have impacted McDonalds’s as well in 2016. McDonalds recalled millions of wristband toys because of skin blistering from faulty battery technology.
Between flaming cell phones to burned wrists – the woes of our current lithium ion battery technology are growing increasingly gruesome. Not only are people being hurt and homes damaged, but major brands we’ve come to know and trust – like Samsung and McDonalds – are caught in the line of fire.
The growing incidence of lithium-ion battery incidents is a wake-up call for all of us and a prompt for alternative energy storage techniques to be considered.
We recently explored this idea in more detail and have a published account of what we see as viable alternatives to lithium ion batteries – check out our story:
The article – published Monday 26 Sep 2016 – describes an alternative, safer, cleaner approach with the new generation of supercapacitors that we are commercializing – specifically the PowerResponder product.