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NREL Blows Up Batteries to Make the World Safer

NREL is Helping to Safely Power Our World One Controlled Explosion at a Time

October 27, 2017

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Making lithium-ion batteries safer for earthlings and astronauts is something NREL excels at. In this video you'll meet Matt Keyser, a senior energy storage engineer who is on a mission to improve the thermal performance of batteries for electric vehicles, consumer gadgets, and technology used by NASA in outer space. Matt and his team study battery failure using innovative technologies, such as the award-winning Battery Internal Short Circuit (ISC) Device that can precisely identify weak spots in battery cells. This cutting-edge research helps battery manufacturers develop advanced materials that can deliver superior results. Who benefits from all of this ingenuity rooted in fundamental science? We all do!