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UL Research Institutes

Advancing safer energy storage through science.

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UL Research Institutes is a leading independent safety science organization with global reach. Our researchers explore both the benefits and risks of today’s technologies and pursue answers to socially relevant questions related to public safety. We take a multidisciplinary approach that engages the ingenuity of top minds across scientific disciplines to engineer a safer and more sustainable world — one in which every individual can thrive. At UL Research Institutes, we are the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI), the global leader dedicated to fundamental research in the safety and performance of energy technologies. Through our discovery-driven fundamental research, we innovate, model, test, and predict the future to lay the foundation for electrochemical energy storage that is reliable and safe. ESRI’s role, as a global research institute, is to mainstream safety in the energy storage ecosystem and our scientific research helps in creating solutions to today’s pressing safety concerns with energy storage technologies. By creating more connections through our research partnerships with academia, national laboratories, industry, and research organizations, we are progressing safety science knowledge globally to achieve a safer world. ESRI continues to set the agenda for safety science as the world rises to meet global challenges like climate change and sustainability. Driven by our dedication to scientific discovery and our mission to build a safer world, we persevere to remain one step ahead, ready to explore whatever appears on the next horizon. ESRI is currently collaborating with professors at UH on hydrogen storage and solid-state batteries. Visit to learn more about our research projects and outreach initiatives.


Our technology focus is Energy Storage. We are currently working with various battery chemistries such as lithium-ion, lithium primary, lead acid, and flow batteries. The safe production and use of hydrogen as a fuel are also under study. ESRI will be working on new materials that would contribute to new battery chemistries such as sodium-ion and magnesium-ion.