Poisonous Horror Present Geelong Grid Backup Battery Fireplace lastly extinguished – watts with that?

Guest contribution by Eric Worrall

Imagine if people were crazy enough to install these hard-to-extinguish battery fire devices in their homes or cars, or near populated areas. Imagine what such stupidity could do with insurance premiums when companies realize the risk that batteries act as potent initiators and accelerators in house fires, or find that they unexpectedly have to bear the costs of renovating adjacent houses and gardens, which are contaminated with toxic residues from the battery smokes.

Fire extinguished at Tesla Big Battery after three days

Of Lucy Battersby and Cassandra Morgan
Updated on August 2, 2021 – 7.40 p.m.

Firefighters extinguished a fire on Victoria’s new Tesla Big Battery, the country’s largest lithium-ion battery, after taking more than three days to get it under control.

One of Tesla’s Megapack batteries at the Moorabool site near Geelong caught fire shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday during the test.

The Victorian Big Battery with a capacity of 300 megawatts and 450 megawatt hours is three times the size of the original size of billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla Big Battery, which was built in South Australia in 2017.

The agency said that due to the nature of the fire – a 13-ton battery – fire brigades could not put water on it or use standard extinguishing methods. Instead, they had to let it “burn out” and wait for the container to cool enough to open its doors.

The authorities had warned of poisonous plumes of smoke on Friday. The Victoria Environmental Protection Agency monitored the air quality at the site over the weekend and determined that it was “good” on Monday afternoon.

Read more: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/blaze-at-tesla-big-battery-extinguished-after-three-day-battle-for-control-20210802-p58f6x.html

At the very least, in my opinion, these batteries should be placed far away from densely populated areas, and the practice of storing large batteries near or inside homes should be discontinued. As political vanity causes battery packs to grow in size on a grid scale, the potential for long-term harm to anyone unlucky enough to inhale the smoke or eat products grown in soil contaminated by battery smoke also increases.

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