With the intermittent nature of solar and wind power, the Green Energy Advocates, or Greenies, have been touting the tale that “giant batteries” are what is needed to retain the energy from the daytime peak energy production hours for use during the evening, peak usage hours. Sounds good, right?
These giant batteries would be built using the Lithium technology that Tesla is already using for their electric cars.
It has been reported that there really isn’t a good way to fight a fire caused by an electric car battery explosion an fire. When asked how to extinguish this type fire, one firefighter replied, “...like a Tesla or something? The answer is you can’t. You cordon off the area, and spray a fine mist of water on the fire to try to keep the temperature down until it finishes burning. Takes a few days until it is safe”.
There are reports that the more that a battery is recharged, then depleted, and this cycle continues, the greater the risk that the battery could be a fire hazard. This is believed to be the cause of lithium battery fires in South Korea.
“Raising serious concerns about the safety of battery storage, investigators into the alarming spate of lithium-ion battery fires in South Korea said one of the primary causes was the practice of using nearly the full charging and discharging battery capacity on a daily basis—a pattern that can roughly correspond with plans by U.S. operators to use storage to shift wind and solar generation to the evening periods of peak demand.” South Korea has had 23 of these battery fires over a year-and-a-half time period.A global engineering firm investigating these fires confirmed that the constant practice of going from close to zero percent charge to 100 percent charge then back to close to zero percent on a daily basis caused wear and tear on the system that lead to the failures in the battery cells that caused the fires.
We would most probably experience the same results here in America.
Lithium is highly flammable and is the literally the lightest metal. There are only two elements with lower atomic numbers on the periodic table are both gasses. Lithium is so light that it floats on water. That means that it will sit on water and continue to burn.
The fumes from burning Lithium is highly toxic. It can cause death or brain damage that can be compared to dementia. Anyone near this type of fire or in the path of the smoke plume could be in danger. Firefighters near solar panels or these large batteries need specialized training of how to respond and also need the appropriate equipment.
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