July 1, 2019 | By J. Thomas Chapin

J. Thomas Chapin: Batteries as the Base of the City

J. Thomas Chapin: Batteries as the Base of the City


"It seems as if batteries, more specifically lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, are everywhere," J. Thomas Chapin, vice president of research at UL, explained at the 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities in Chicago. "The problem is that batteries are rather complex and proprietary, and sometimes they fail in very dramatic ways," he added. Watch his flash talk about how battery technology can be made safer for our battery-filled, urbanizing future. 

UL was a lead sponsor of the 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. Learn about more about all the speakers at the Forum here

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