San Diego Business Journal

Battery Safety Concerns Power Innovations

Companies Are Making Progress in Preventing Danger of Fire and Explosion By Brad Graves Originally published May 18, 2017 at 2:20 p.m., updated May 18, 2017 at 2:20 p.m.
   

Where it all begins: Tim Knowles holds a spool of carbon fiber, which his company, Kulr Technology Corp., transforms into heat sinks and a new system to prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries. Knowles has done extensive work on NASA spacecraft.

Where it all begins: Tim Knowles holds a spool of carbon fiber, which his company, Kulr Technology Corp., transforms into heat sinks and a new system to prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries. Knowles has done extensive work on NASA spacecraft. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

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Tim Knowles holds Kulr’s Thermal Runaway Shield, or TRS. Scalloped indentations hold lithium-ion batteries. If a battery catches fire, water inside the shell cools the battery, and carbon fiber inside the shell wicks the heat away, staving off a chain reaction fire.

— The new style of batteries powering automobiles, smartphones and military vehicles are certainly capable...

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