Battery expert says he 'would never fly in Dreamliners'

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 06:50 hrs

George Blomgren, a battery expert for Eveready, a batteries and flashlights company, for 40 years, has said he would never fly in a Dreamliner because of the high level of risk in it.

Blomgren said that lithium ion batteries are bundled together for the 787, which increases the risk, adding that these fires burn at very high temperatures, so they are just very dangerous fires.

According to CBS News, Blomgren has considered the safety of lithium ion batteries on planes questionable.

He said that 'from what he knows about incidents, he would not fly in a Dreamliner', adding that he just did not feel that it was appropriate or safe.

Many experts believe in the promise of lithium ion batteries, including for airlines, but they just are not sure its safety has been perfected.

Investigators said that they still don't know what caused batteries to burn in two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and until they figure that out and how to fix the problem, none of the planes will be allowed to fly.

More than any other plane, the Dreamliner relies on lithium ion batteries to help power its advanced electrical system.

They are lighter and more powerful than older battery types, but they contain a highly flammable liquid electrolyte.

Federal investigators are examining the disassembled battery from the 787 that caught fire in Boston January 7, spewing molten electrolyte.

The Boston fire, and the burned-out battery on a Dreamliner in Japan, is not the first time lithium ion batteries have caused problems.

In 2011, a Chevy Volt lithium ion battery was damaged in a crash test. Three weeks later, it burst into flames. Chevrolet installed a number of fixes to prevent fires.

Safety features also were added to lithium ion batteries in some cell phones and laptops after 56 million were recalled for risk of overheating and exploding.

Boeing said lithium ion batteries 'best met the performance and design objectives of the 787' and 'Based on everything we know at this point, we have not changed our evaluation', the report added. (ANI)

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