Lithium-ion batteries like the ones that overheated on two Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners can be made safe enough for even the most critical transportation uses, according to experts who spoke at a forum today.
Firefighters at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened the hatch of a burning Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner this week to encounter a hazard from something almost ubiquitous in modern life: lithium-based batteries.
Regulators are considering an about- face that would exempt U.S. cargo airlines from new international restrictions on shipping lithium batteries, which have been linked to three fires that destroyed aircraft.
A United Nations panel is calling for tougher inspections and detailed labeling of air shipments of lithium batteries following two incidents in which aircraft were destroyed when freight shipments burst into flames.
Part of $142 million in U.S. Energy Department grant money given to a South Korean battery maker paid Michigan factory workers as they spent hours playing board games and watching movies, according to an agency report.
Airbus SAS is developing plans to use standard batteries in its new A350 model and jettison the lithium-ion power source that grounded Boeing Co.’s rival 787 Dreamliner, two people familiar with the plans said.
A telling image of the development of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner came in mid-2011, when dozens of them sat, unfinished, crammed into nooks and crannies around Boeing factories and rented tarmacs spread across two states. Concrete blocks hung from their wings to prevent them from tipping because they didn’t have engines to keep them balanced.