Thermal runaway and thermal propagation in lithium-ion batteries

Online Seminar
Participation fee: 595 €

The seminar language is English. The seminar will discuss the basics of thermal runaway and thermal propagation in lithium-ion batteries and present testing and simulation options. In addition, the standards and legal situation for thermal propagation is examined and aspects of functional safety in connection with thermal propagation are addressed (hazard and risk analysis according to ISO 26262:2019). Information on detection possibilities and the correct handling of lithium-ion batteries round off the seminar.


Dr. Alexander Börger
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg

After completing his doctorate in chemistry, Dr Alexander Börger joined Volkswagen AG, where he has been working on batteries of different technologies for more than 10 years, currently as regulatory coordinator for electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition, he held lectureships at the TU Braunschweig. Dr Börger is the author of about 40 scientific publications and a number of patents.

Dr. Andreas Pfrang
European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate, Energy Storage Unit

Dr.-Ing. Jan Richter
Batemo GmbH, Karlsruhe

Jacob Klink, M. Sc.

  • Research Associate at the Energy Storage Technologies Research Centre, Goslar
  • Master’s degree in energy systems engineering at the Clausthal University of Technology with final thesis on battery fault detection
  • For the past 2 years, employed as a research assistant and doctoral student at the Energy Storage Technologies Research Centre in Goslar. In addition to activities in university teaching, research on battery safety with a focus on fault detection, among other things within the framework of industrial cooperations.
  • Experience in the planning and implementation of “Abuse” tests from cell to module level.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Wenzl

Clausthal University of Technology – Batteries and Energy Technology

On the topic

The use of lithium-ion batteries, as they are now increasingly used in the rapidly growing electromobility segment, is currently one of the greatest safety challenges in electric vehicles, but also in many other areas of industry. Damage caused by the thermal runaway of a cell and the propagation of a thermal event from cell to cell (thermal propagation) in a battery must be avoided in order to make traction batteries safer.


Online-Seminar, 09:30 bis 17:00 Uhr

  • Login and welcome
  • Introduction of participants and speaker/ expectations
  • Introduction to battery safety and Thermal Runaway/Propagation
    Prof. Dr. Heinz Wenzl
  • Concept of system safety
    Prof. Dr. Heinz Wenzl
  • Experimental testing of TR/TP
    Dr. Andreas Pfrang
  • Norms, standards and laws for TR/TP
    Dr. Alexander Börger
  • Detection of cell faults
    Jacob Klink, M. Sc.
  • Electrical and thermal battery simulation
    Dr.-Ing. Jan Richter
  • Conclusion & Discussion
  • Feedback, Networking, etc.


The participants will learn about the current technical, legal and normative development status on the topic of “Thermal Runaway and Thermal Propagation on Lithium-Ion Batteries”.

Circle of participants

Development engineers especially from the automotive and battery industry, university members from the faculties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics and computer science as well as related faculties, patent attorneys.