26 Feb '13, 5pm

Boeing’s Battery Blues: Despite fires in the 787’s lithium-ion batteries, planes will become more dependent on...

Boeing’s Battery Blues: Despite fires in the 787’s lithium-ion batteries, planes will become more dependent on...

Photo: Boeing A Complex System: Boeing’s fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner involved design input from many suppliers. The plane went to customers two years late. In January, regulators in Japan and the United States grounded the worldwide fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after lithium-ion batteries caught fire in two of them—one in the air over Japan and the other on the ground in Boston. As IEEE Spectrum went to press, authorities were tracing the proximate cause of the Boston fire to a short-circuit in one of the batteries. The ultimate cause remained unclear. 
 What is clear, though, is that lithium-ion batteries in commercial airliners are probably here to stay. Airliners are going to keep electrifying previously mechanical systems like those used for braking and de-icing, because doing so makes the aircraft much lighter and more efficient, says Cosmin Laslau, an electroche...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/boeings-batte...

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