Safety of Batteries

September 21, 2021

The safety of batteries is essential for use in everyday life. Everyone knows reports of smartphones getting hot and electric cars burning. Prof. Seifert, himself a safety expert for batteries at KIT, explains how safe batteries actually are, where are the weak points in batteries and how batteries can become even safer in the future.

[This podcast was produced by Prof. Hans Jürgen Seifert, the Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Daniel Messling and Patrick von Rosen]

The safety of batteries is essential for use in everyday life. Nobody wants to expose themselves to a risk from a wide variety of battery-operated devices at home or on the go. Therefore, extensive tests and analyzes of the battery behavior under all conceivable conditions, even in extreme situations, are carried out before the market launch. Prof. Seifert himself carries out such safety tests at KIT and reports in this episode how short circuits can occur, whether e-cars burn more often than combustion engines and which battery types will be even safer in the future.

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