Boeing battery failures not seen derailing lithium-ion growth

Mar 04, 2013 | 12:01 PM | Mark Burton

Tags  lithium-ion, Boeing, Dreamliner, 787, cobalt, batteries, Emma Kendrick, minor metals

LONDON — The recent failure of the lithium-ion battery used in Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner is a setback for the technology but will not derail overall growth in new and existing applications, according to Emma Kendrick, research supervisor at Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd.

The failure of the lithium-ion battery on board an All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. 787 Dreamliner in January was the result of an electrical fault, which caused the unit to overheat and catch fire. ....

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