I’m a retired Rutgers University professor of history,

    August 29, 2019 
 Calvin Luther Martin, PhD 
          I’m a retired Rutgers University professor of history, with extensive graduate and undergraduate training in biology • I used to give people PhD degrees • I’ve had a Guggenheim and other major fellowships and book awards • blah blah blah 
 The reason for the immodest bio is (1) you don’t know me from Adam, (2) it suggests I have some brains, and (3) suggests I have research skills — including, maybe, the ability to distinguish Shit from Shinola.  That said, I’d like to draw your attention to the huge Lithium-Ion battery arrays being installed in communities like mine by wind and solar companies.  These things ain’t Shinola.  They’re time bombs, spewing hydrofluoric acid when they go up in flames or, worse, explode. 
 If you’re a journalist or you live in a community being stalked (yes, that’s the appropriate word) by a solar or wind company, you should read the article I just published in RiverCityMalone.com, titled “BESS Bombs.” Click the button to the right.    Click here  
 Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are huge containers, resembling shipping containers, with hundreds or thousands of Lithium-Ion batteries.  Here’s a schematic of a single BESS: 
 Photovoltaic (PV) solar projects now feature lots of these containers.  Wind energy projects are installing them, as well.  The larger the project, the more BESS.   (Note the white containers in the image, below.) 
 The Li-Ion batteries store electricity to instantly stabilize (smooth) the power (electrons) being delivered to the grid — to prevent moment-by-moment grid interruptions (“hiccups”).        
 The problem is, the batteries are ticking bombs. 
 Firemen aren’t the only victims.  So are you, if you’re a neighbor to the solar or wind plant.  
 Guinea pigs?  When Li-Ion batteries catch fire, which happens more often than you think, they tend to rapidly progress to a horrific state called “thermal runaway,” which often includes a series of explosions.        
 Watch the above video from the National Fire Protection Association. (The cover image was added by me.)  Thermal runaway is merely the beginning of the catastrophe.  Far worse is the fact that ignition triggers the immediate ejection of Hydrogen Fluoride (Hydrofluoric Acid) vapor or HF-rich smoke from the burning/exploding batteries.Hydrofluoric acid is not something you or any fireman wants to deal with.  It is arguably the most devastating acid known to mankind.  
    On April 19, 2019, four Arizona Hazmat firemen, all highly trained and one of them a captain, had a BESS blow up in their faces. Literally.     
 How many of you know about this momentous event?  Can I have a show of hands?  (Hmm, I don’t see many hands.) 
 After 2 hours of monitoring the blaze from a distance, using gas vapor meters, the Hazmat team reckoned it was safe to approach, since the inferno by this time had died down.  Alas, one of the horrific features of Li-Ion battery fires is: they’re like “trick candles.” They can suddenly reignite and, yes, explode.  This is exactly what happened.   
     Watch the video on what happened next.  Dr. Kevin Foster (that’s him on the cover of the video), the senior attending physician at the Arizona Burn Center where the four 
 were rushed, says the hospital staff didn’t know what chemicals were involved.  I can tell him:  hydrofluoric acid.  (Of course, Dr. Foster found this out soon enough.)  At the end of the video, Foster says the men will be fine — a prognosis that may be premature, given the hideous long-term effects of HF exposure.  Time will tell. 
 In the meantime, don’t be a guinea pig.  Be a NIMBY:  Not in My Back Yard.       
  Click here   Read:  BESS Bombs:  The huge explosive toxic batteries the wind & solar companies are sneaking into your backyard
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