The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Fire Division

Date & Time

26 Jan 2021    
18:30 - 20:00


Event Type


Programme Highlights

The Lithium-ion battery (LIB) is an important technology for the present and future of energy storage, transport, and consumer electronics. However, many LIB types display a tendency to ignite or release gases. Although statistically rare, LIB fires pose hazards which are significantly different to other fire hazards in terms of initiation route, rate of spread, duration, toxicity, and suppression. A recent study has been carried, to collect and analyse the safety challenges faced by LIB industries across sectors, and compares them to the research contributions found in the field.

This CPD session will brief on the current findings, such as the knowledge gaps between battery safety standards and the real-world scenarios. But also will discuss on the recommendations that could improve battery safety.


Prof. Guillermo Rein – Department of Mechanical Engineering Imperial College London

Guillermo is Professor of Fire Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology.

His research is centred on heat transfer, combustion and fire. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. His research portfolio is ample, but over the last 15 years he is best known in three areas: 1) how polymers and wood ignite so we can avoid fires from starting; 2) how engineers can design better structures that resist fire; and 3) how wildfires spread and how to fight them.

Registration & Enquiries

The seminar is free of charge and prior registration is required. For HKIE members, please register via the web-link ( The organizers reserve the right to decline their application if no membership no. is submitted.

Applicants are suggested to register and login using Hotmail/ Outlook email account.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Successful registration will be notified individually. The deadline of application is 8 January 2021.

For enquiry, please contact Ir Gerald Lee at 5596 0982 via Whatsapp message.

Fire Division Committee