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ANSI Committee to Discuss Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Press release date: Sep 08, 2006

ROSSLYN, Va., September 8, 2006-The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C18-5 subcommittee on rechargeable battery safety standards will meet on October 3-4, 2006, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. In light of recent reports of the overheating of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the subcommittee has added discussion of these batteries to its agenda.

"Manufacturers and users of lithium-ion batteries as well as other interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend," says Paul Orr, program manager at NEMA. "We want to see if there is a way we can contribute to a solution."

ANSI C18.2M, Part 2 for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries - Safety Standard specifies performance requirements for portable rechargeable cells and batteries to ensure their safe operation under normal use and reasonable foreseeable misuse. It includes information relevant to hazard avoidance.

The ANSI C18 Committee anticipates revisions to this standard in early 2007.

NEMA, Secretary of the ANSI C18 Accredited Standards Committee, is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

Paul Orr (703) 841-3227 pau_orr@nema.org