Lithium Fire Adds Insult to Detroit's Injuries

Alex Koyfman

Written By Alex Koyfman

Updated May 15, 2024

Dear Reader,

Earlier this week, a 3 alarm lithium-battery fire caused a complete shutdown at a 4.5 million square foot GMC plant, dubbed “Factory Zero,” on Detroit’s East Side. 

The fire forced the cancellation of the day’s second shift, and as of yet, no specific cause has been determined. 

Factory Zero specialized in GMCs’ electric truck line, producing the Hummer pick up and Chevy Silverado EV work truck.

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To many, this story is worth little more than a shrug. 

Motown just can’t catch a break these days, as even the most concerted efforts to modernize and comport with 21st century markets end like this. 

But the reality is, this shouldn’t be viewed as a Detroit-specific problem since lithium batteries and spontaneous fires go together like far left college students and tacit support for the worldwide extermination of the Jews. 

You simply can’t have one without the other. 

The velvet-gloved genocidal tendencies of today’s college students is a topic better left for another day, but the issue with modern LI-ion batteries is pretty easy to understand. 

Is That A Molotov Cocktail in Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

Within your typical lithium battery exists a portion referred to as the electrolyte. This is a liquid solution containing high concentrations of both oxygen as well as organic compounds. 

So basically, fuel and oxidizer in a convenient liquid format. Add heat to the package and you have an incendiary device. 

That heat, which I’m sure you’ve felt from your phone or laptop during charging, is another element inherent to lithium battery technology. 

Heat comes from electrical resistance, and resistance builds every time the battery is used. 

The older a battery is, the more inefficient it becomes, and the more resistance it presents during the charge cycle, the hotter it gets. 

Apply enough heat to the liquid electrolyte, the oxygen starts to boil off, which can cause swelling of the battery case — something most of us have seen firsthand. 

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Keep running that battery and the heat produced can become sufficient to flash this cocktail over into fire. 

And because there is so much oxidizer right there, that flame is almost impossible to put out. 

Lithium Is The Oil Of The 21st Century… And Just As Explosive

The results is what you read about in the papers. 

One solution is to eliminate this weak link, and move away from liquid electrolytes into what’s called “solid state” tech. 

That’s exactly what you’ve been hearing whispers in the press about over the last few months, as all the major EV makers are throwing their hats into the ring looking for the next big leap in battery evolution. 

But one company that you’ve likely never heard anything about is going a different route altogether. 

They’ve created a battery concept that completely revolutionizes rechargeable energy storage technology

Not the incremental improvement over LI-ion tech that you’ve been hearing about, but a complete, ground-up rebuild of the battery’s integral architecture. 

I Have One Word For You To Google: Graphene

Not only is there no liquid electrolyte to set your kid’s room on fire in the middle of the night, but there is no lithium metal present at all. 

These batteries charge up to 70 times faster than what you’re used to, hold between 2 and 3 times the charge, and last between 2 and 3 times the number of charge/discharge cycles. 

Any one of these innovations, by itself, is already ground-breaking. 

All three in one product will change the industry altogether. 

This company is based in Brisbane, Australia, but trades on two exchanges in North America. 

Want to learn more about it?

Check out my detailed presentation, right here.

Fortune favors the bold,

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