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Active prevention of fires caused by damaged batteries during alternative fuel production

One of the most pressing recent issues in the mechanical processing and conversion of waste into solid recovered fuels (SRF) is the high fire risk. This is largely due to a constantly increasing number of lithium batteries in the general waste collection. If damaged, a chemical reaction is often initiated, which leads to incredibly high temperatures. This may cause severe damage to facilities and plants and, in the worst case, start a major fire. To minimise such fire hazards, Lindner‘s FPS (Fire Prevention System) detects overheated particles in the material stream, cools them to a safe temperature and makes sure that objects that cannot be cooled can be safely removed by hand.

Whether smartphones, cars or toothbrushes – in today‘s digitalised, mobile society it‘s hard to imagine life without batteries. Billions of them are used for countless applications. According to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce’s information website ‘lithium-info.at’ [3], about 4700 metric tons of rechargeable batteries are sold annually in the Alpine Republic, 40% of which are lithium batteries. Only about 45% of all batteries are disposed of correctly and, according to the University of Leoben, an estimated 1.4 million of them end up in the general waste collection every year [2]. The...

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