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Lux Research: Dreamliner should switch to safer batteries

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing did not choose the safest lithium-ion battery chemistry for its 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft that has been grounded because of potential risks from battery fires, a local research firm said Friday.

According to Lux Research, a strategic advice and intelligence firm headquartered in Boston, the batteries in the Dreamliner use a material known as lithium cobalt oxide, or LCO, and LCO does not resist overheating as well as other alternatives.

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