How New Tech Could Make Batteries Safer

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How New Tech Could Make Batteries Safer

Cell phone batteries keep catching fire, but researchers are working to find a solution. 

A Samsung Galaxy A21 smartphone was the latest to make the news for bursting into flames and forcing a plane to land. No one was seriously injured in the accident at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, but experts say the danger from gadget batteries is growing. 

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“Lithium-Ion Batteries are becoming ubiquitous in everyday life in a range of applications at different scales, all the way from small electronic devices through electric vehicles, all the way up to large grid-scale storage installations,” Gavin Harper, a battery researcher at the University of Birmingham, told Lifewire in an email interview. “Any technology that stores an enormous amount of energy in a dense medium will have intrinsic safety challenges if that energy is released uncontrollably.”

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