Fire protection in waste management, disposal and recycling
Companies in the field of waste management, disposal and recycling have been increasingly affected by major fire incidents in recent years. One of the main problems is that, despite meeting the collection quotas for portable batteries, a large number of batteries end up discarded in the residual waste, but also in material streams of lightweight or metal packaging at the end of their life cycle. Lithium-ion batteries in particular, which are characterized by their high energy density, pose a very high fire hazard. Together with the Chair of Waste Recycling Technology and Waste Management (AVAW), many fundamental insights have already been gained in the research project “BAT-SAFE”.In the FFG COIN project AbER innovation, under the direction of the AVAW, an innovation network on fire protection for companies in the field of waste management, disposal and recycling (AbER) is being established in order to increase the level of innovation of the project partners through intensive interdisciplinary exchange of know-how. In the project, four prototype pilot projects are being carried out and a best-practice catalogue for waste management-specific fire protection management is being developed. At the Chair of Thermal Processing Technology, typical waste fires are being investigated. Furthermore, reaction parameters are being determined in the fire safety laboratory to obtain qualitative statements for ignition processes and fire behaviour of waste material.
Publication: https://www.mdpi.com/2227–9717/9/1/49 or Processes | Free Full-Text | Lithium-Ion Batteries as Ignition Sources in Waste Treatment Processes—A Semi-Quantitate Risk Analysis and Assessment of Battery-Caused Waste Fires (mdpi.com)
Contact: Michael Hohenberger