According to an online news report posted on nbc25news.com, Battery manufacturer LG Chem initiated a recall of certain Resu 10H residential batteries due to reports of the batteries overheating, leading to dangerous smoke and house fires. There have been five reports of “thermal events” in the United States, and these “thermal events” caused property damage. The affected batteries were manufactured in 2017 and 2018.
Peter Gibson, who heads up LG Chem’s North American energy storage business, stated in a letter that certain battery cells present a risk of overheating, causing “fires and dangerous smoke.” Mr. Gibson’s letter also stated that customers who purchased one of the affected units would receive a replacement battery at no charge. The replacement battery will contain “state-of-the-art” cells that were manufactured in 2020.
The Resu was distributed by BayWa r.e., Sunrun, and CED Greentech. The Resu battery has been a fundamental component of Sunrun’s build-out of solar-plus-storage. Sunrun is a solar installer who has installed approximately 13,000 units in homes across the nation. Sunrun’s spokesperson stated that the recall affects around 5 percent of Sunrun’s BrightBox battery installations.
The issue of lithium-ion battery fires is not a new issue. LG Chem’s lithium-ion batteries have a history of recalls due to defective battery cells. A few weeks ago, both GM and Hyundai recalled about 70,000 electric motor vehicles that used LG Chem batteries after several reports of car fires.
Several technologists think that battery manufacturers could improve battery safety before the expected inrush in demand for grid storage devices and electric cars. Cadenza Innovation, a New York-based business startup, recently integrated a new lithium-ion supercell technology designed to prevent fires during a cell failure.
Customers who purchased the recalled batteries should contact LG Energy Solution Michigan immediately to schedule a free replacement.
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