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Protecting Battery Energy Storage Systems from Fire and Explosion Hazards

There are serious risks associated with lithium-ion battery energy storage systems. Thermal runaway can release toxic and explosive gases, and the problem can spread from one malfunctioning cell to neighboring…


Minimizing Fire and Explosion Hazards in Dusty Systems

Understanding the properties of bulk materials and how they interact with environmental factors is vital to safe operations, but having an honest conversation about the hazards, so risks can be…


Fire at Coal Power Plant Blamed on Equipment Failure

A fire at Muscatine (Iowa) Power and Water’s (MP&W’s) coal-fired power plant forced Unit 9 offline on August 30. The plant—located along the Mississippi River just south of town—includes three…


Massive Fire Forces DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant Offline

A massive fire broke out at DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant in the early evening on August 11. Firefighters reportedly received the call for assistance at around 6:30 p.m.…


Lightning a Suspected Contributor to Power Plant Fire

A large fire at the Grand River Dam Authority’s (GRDA’s) Chouteau, Okla., coal-fired power plant was triggered by a string of unfortunate events shortly after a storm passed through the…