When it comes to storing batteries, there are strict rules that must be adhered to. Lithium batteries run a serious risk of fire if certain parts of the battery come into contact with them, and this can be particularly dangerous if you have a large battery.
Finding a solution for the storage of batteries can be tricky, especially if they are large, but converting a shipping container can be the ideal solution. There are a number of criteria that the regulations stipulate must be met, and a bespoke shipping container can be designed to satisfy all of these.
Battery Storage Regulations
The regulations that apply to the storage of batteries are based around the prevention of the short-circuiting that can cause a fire, and limiting the damage done should a fire occur. These include:
- Keeping the battery in a fireproof container
- Protecting it from extreme hot and cold temperatures
- Keeping it out of direct sunlight
- Protecting it from impact and falling
- Controlling humidity and moisture
- Keeping the battery and its container remotely stored
A customised shipping container, therefore, lends itself perfectly to the storage of a large battery.
One of the most important criteria is that the storage space is fireproof. Due to the fact that shipping containers are made from metal, they are deemed to be fireproof and, therefore, prevent any fire from spreading to the outside of the container.
Shipping containers can be found in several different sizes, depending on the size of your battery. They can be joined together, either horizontally or vertically, to create the space that you need, and can also be bought at either 10ft, 20ft or 40ft sizes individually.
Protection from Extreme Temperatures and Humidity
Due to the fact that shipping containers are made from metal, they can be susceptible to extreme hot or cold temperatures. This means that most shipping containers that are used to create modular buildings, as well as some storage spaces, need to be insulated. Insulation lining is, therefore, commonplace within shipping containers.
This will ensure that your battery does not suffer from the heat or the cold.
It is also important to ensure that there is no humidity or moisture in the air, as this can also present a fire risk. Specialist moisture traps can be used to ensure that there are only safe levels of moisture in the air, helping to comply with this regulation.
Protection from Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight can be very dangerous for lithium batteries, often causing overheating and increasing the risk of fire. A shipping container at its most basic consists of a metal box, meaning that there is no way that the sun can get in, and making it an excellent option for the storage of your battery.
One of the main reasons for a lithium battery catching fire is due to the meeting of two separate parts. This means that protecting it from falling, other things falling onto it, or bumping it is very important. The metal shell of a shipping container, as well as extra insulating lining, means that your battery would be very well protected from most impacts.
Storage containers have been designed to be moved around, so the rule that the battery needs to be stored remotely fits perfectly. Remote storage means that should a fire occur, it will have less impact than if the large battery were to be stored near buildings or other flammable objects and materials.
When you are placing a shipping container, you must have a solid base, but as long as this is present, it can be placed anywhere that is suitable and fits the criteria.
Ensuring that you are safely storing large batteries is essential and a converted shipping container offers the perfect solution to satisfy all of the regulations that must be met.