Today the National Transportation Safety Board announced that its upcoming forum, "Lithium Ion Batteries in Transportation," will be held on April 11-12. The NTSB also released a preliminary agenda for the event.
The NTSB announced on March 7 (when it released its interim factual report on the Jan. 7 Japan Airlines Boeing 787 battery fire investigation) that it would be holding a forum to better understand how lithium ion batteries are used across transportation modes.
The forum will focus on three areas: 1) the design, development and performance of lithium ion batteries; 2) regulations and standards related to manufacturing, use and transport of the batteries; and 3) the application and safety aspects of lithium battery technology in various transportation modes.
A preliminary agenda is available on the forum webpage. Additional details about the forum, including a list of panelists, will be provided in the coming weeks.
The forum will be held at the NTSB Conference Center and Board Room in downtown Washington at 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20594, and is free and open to all. No registration is required.
The forum is open to the public and free of charge. Directions to the conference site are available here. The event will also be webcast live. An archive of the webcast will be available on our website after the event. A link to the webcast site is here.
Organizations and/or individuals can submit input for consideration as part of the forum's archived materials. Submissions should directly address one or more of the forum's topic areas (identified by the panel titles on the agenda) and should be submitted electronically as an attached document to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for receipt is May 17. Input received will be entered into the Safety Board's public docket on this forum.