3 Questions to Ask When it Comes to Battery Safety

by Elizabeth Pond on September 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Batteries seem innocent enough from the outside. And all battery systems are designed for safety, regardless of chemistry. However, in the case of leaks, corrosion, fire, puncture, or other abuse conditions, battery safety becomes a real concern.

You may have heard the term “battery abuse tolerance.” Abuse tolerance, which is common parlance in the battery industry, describes a battery’s ability to endure tough conditions and use cases. Abuse includes conditions such as over-charging, over-discharging, exposure to extreme temperatures, exposure to flame, and puncture.

Here are three things to consider when looking at the relative safety of different battery chemistries.


How AHI Batteries Can Reduce Diesel Consumption in Microgrids

by Aaron Marks on September 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Aquion batteries at the Stone Edge Farm Winery Microgrid


3 Challenges: Lithium Ion Battery Safety, Cost, and Performance

by Professor Jay Whitacre on September 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Lithium Ion Battery Fire

Lithium-ion battery chemistry is challenged for long-duration energy storage applications. 

What do we mean by long duration energy storage applications?

Currently the grid consists of a diverse array of generation assets that provide power as baseload, power during peaks and ancillary services to the grid. Increasing the share of renewables on the grid could drastically reduce the carbon intensity of the world's energy supply. To do so requires some method to manage the inherent intermittency of renewable generation. Energy storage is one way to achieve this transformation. It would allow loads to be served independent of the time of generation, by charging when resources are available and discharging when they are needed. Energy storage can also replace many services currently provided to the grid by natural gas turbines including ancillary services and capacity reserves. Some aspects of renewable integration (ramp control, etc.) as well as some ancillary services such as frequency regulation that require less than 30 minutes of power at any given time can be performed by batteries, such as Li-ion, that are economic in power-focused applications. However, to truly change the way the world is generating and managing the electrical grid, we believe that long duration technologies that can address over 4 hours of energy storage are required. This extended duration would allow energy storage to replace capacity currently provided by gas turbines and alleviate many of the issues impeding significant penetration of renewables to the grid.


Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric, and Azimuth Energy Announce AC/DC Hybrid Nanogrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology

by Elizabeth Pond on September 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM


Aquion Energy and partners announce the release of a new plug-and-play energy storage system, featuring AHI batteries. 


Sentinel Solar Announces the AHI™ Wave Energy Storage System for Home Batteries

by Aquion Partner on September 8, 2016 at 3:45 PM


Aquion Global Partner Sentinel Solar Announces the Wave ESS: Complete Energy Storage System with Integrated Power Electronics for Plug and Play Solar + Storage Applications.

The System Features Industry Leading Inverter Technology and the Safest, Cleanest and Most Reliable Battery Chemistry Ever.


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