I only know about lithium recently. The ion battery could be a triple threat. Borgia battery- Valued by eco Royalties, extremely toxic, exploded enough to cause serious damage in a $25 million lab built to safely manage battery explosions. Is it a battery or a weapon of mass destruction? On April 11, five employees of General Motors (NYSE: GM) technology center advanced battery lab in Warren, Michigan were injured in extreme testing of prototype lithium The ion battery pack from the A123 System (AONE) released the chemical gas that exploded in the test room. Four people were treated on site and one was taken to a local hospital. Injury does not threaten life. About 1,100 employees working at the Warren plant were evacuated, while the HAZMAT team spent four hours collecting air samples inside and outside the building. While most evacuees are able to return to work, it is not clear how long it will take to repair damage to the battery lab at approximately $5 million and resume operations. GM soon told the media that the incident did not involve the battery of the GM Volt, and technically there was no battery explosion at all. The engineers just overcharged the prototype battery and failed, which is exactly what you expected. Or is it? The fact that the battery is faulty and the gas emitted is ignited does not surprise me. The intensity of the explosion is enough to cause significant structural damage to a purpose -- The facilities built to safely manage the occasional battery explosion are very disturbing. The chemical composition of the gas that allegedly caused the explosion was a nightmare. The terrible thing is that in order to protect the damaged image of GM Volt, these problems are ignored, or at least covered up under the carpet. On Friday, the 13 th, Torque News reported: it may just be my lawyer\'s fascination with text and sentence structure, but the second sentence of this paragraph does sound like a direct reference from people familiar with GM. I am not a chemist, but I have extensive experience in oil and gas, including three years as legal counsel for Boots & Coots, the world\'s largest oil field disaster response company. Because of that experience, I know that hydrogen sulfide gas (hydrogen sulfide) is: in the United States, occupational safety and health regulations prohibit exposure to hydrogen sulfide concentrations above 100 PPM without full pressure Equipped with a respirator. According to a Wikipedia search, the concentration of hydrogen sulfide at 150 PPM paralyzes the olfactory nerve and kills the olfactory nerve; 800 PPM is the lethal concentration of 50% people exposed for five minutes; The concentration of more than 1,000 PPM will cause breathing to stop immediately after one breath. This caused hydrogen sulfide to die suddenly after poisoning at 2. 3% of the concentration required for the explosion. In the event of a similar failure in a driving car, the driver will be incapacitated within seconds, while his vehicle will enter the crowded latte bar before the explosion. I know that there is no inherent danger in today\'s advanced lithium anode and cathode materials. ion batteries. In fact, I was surprised by the report of lithium. Ion batteries can produce enough hydrogen sulfide gas to cause an explosion. However, when I started asking questions, I learned that any number of electrolyte additives, separators, adhesives, fillers and auxiliary battery materials could release highly toxic smoke from faulty batteries or battery packs. These active materials themselves may be great, however, everything that enters the cell has to be carefully evaluated for its ability to interact chemically with other cell materials, and pose a serious threat to human health and safety. We know that this process has failed at least once. The \"industrial accident\" of GM may be- If it\'s testing a strange lithium Sulfur cells or other things that are completely different from traditional lithiumion batteries. This may also be just the tip of the iceberg, the first example of an unexpected interaction between battery components that can present a large format of lithium- Ion batteries are too dangerous for passenger cars or other enclosed spaces. Before 100, the Titanic was considered an engineering miracle until a completely unexpected event in April 1912 forced engineers to question their basic assumptions. I think the explosion of GM should at least force some introspection. For four years, I haven\'t heard anything but the safety of lithium. Ion battery manufacturers, theorists, politicians, and potential customersbe end users. This is the first report I have seen that is likely to break the bubble. If the hydrogen sulfide gas is generated in GM\'s advanced battery lab, we need to know how much hydrogen sulfide gas is generated, how it is generated, and how long the process takes. We also need to know exactly if a similar problem might exist in large lithium. Ion batteries from other manufacturers. I know every battery manufacturer wants to keep ownership of its secret sauce recipe, but sometimes customer safety must take precedence over competitive advantage. I was the first to admit that there was a deep confusion about the facts reported so far. But there seems to be a consensus that the toxic gas is produced by a failed battery, and the concentration in the test room rises to the level of the explosion, resulting in an explosion against a built in 2009, facilities designed to withstand catastrophic battery failures caused significant structural damage. In this case, I am satisfied that there is no political, ideological or economic interest in the safety of lithium -- The ion battery needs to start a comprehensive independent investigation to learn about Ford Fisk Motor Company (NYSE: Tesla Motor (NASDAQ: TSLA), Nissan (OTCPK: NSANY), Toyota (NYSE: TM) and other companies. I can only hope that the upcoming NHTSA technical workshop with battery manufacturers and automakers will mark the beginning of more stringent regulation. Borgia battery? Is the reporter\'s description inaccurate? A prototype test of truly unique battery chemistry? Or just the traditional automotive grade lithium. The ion battery is beyond the design limit and seriously fails? We must understand the difference before we go further. The article was first published in battery International\'s 2012 spring magazine, and I would like to thank editors Mike Hall and cartoonist for their contributions to Dallas in January. Disclosure: No.