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Battery Storage Systems: What are their chemical hazards?

While consumer interest in battery storage systems continues, an issue often overlooked when discussing the pros and cons of battery storage systems is the chemical hazards associated with the battery technology and ways of managing these hazards.

An array of battery chemistries is available on the commercial market, and the range of products continues to increase. It is important to know the battery technology used by a storage system, and the technology’s associated chemical hazards. Depending on the battery technology, there will be different risks when exposed to different externalities, e.g. overcharging batteries, puncturing of battery case, high ambient temperature. The resultant chemical reaction can cause severe property damage, including the possible loss of life.

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