Why Our Saltwater Batteries are Named After Aspen Trees

by Claire Juozitis on October 28, 2016 at 12:43 PM

You know about Aquion because of our unique Aqueous Hybrid Ion technology.

Since this chemistry is so central to who we are, it became our company name: “Aquion” is a portmanteau of “aqueous” and “ion.” In the solar energy storage industry, we’re the company with the saltwater batteries.

So, you may be wondering... if our batteries are full of saltwater, then why are they named after a tree?


Santa Clara University Wins for Off-Grid Tiny House with Aquion Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on October 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve always had in America, it’s space. As the saying goes: “100 miles in Europe is a long way, 100 years in America is a long time.” Hundreds of years ago, this desire for room to grow resulted in the “sea to shining sea” mantra. In modern times, it has meant larger and larger homes: the average home in the US is over 2,600 square feet. This is a sizeable expansion from the average of about 1,700 square feet in 1978, despite the average family size becoming smaller.


What You Need to Know About the Future of Microgrids

by Aquion Team Member on October 24, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Our blog has always had a focus on microgrids. We’ve looked at why energy storage and microgrids are a natural fit. We’ve also given you some insights into the big markets for microgrids today.

Now,  we’re going to look at the future of microgrids. Where will new microgrid markets emerge over the next five years? Which markets are going to explode? What challenges do microgrids face? How much growth will we see in microgrid installations?


Alpha Omega Winery Surges Ahead with New Solar and Energy Storage Microgrid

by Elizabeth Pond on October 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM


System marks the largest commercial microgrid system for a Napa Valley winery and in the entired PG&E utility service territory. 

RUTHERFORD, Calif. (October 19, 2016) – Alpha Omega, a family-owned winery in the Rutherford Bench area of Napa Valley, announced today that it has placed into operation a 400 kilowatt (kW) solar and 580 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery microgrid system that includes a first-of-its kind, fully integrated solar and battery facility back-up power system. This groundbreaking microgrid system, which encompasses solar power generation, energy storage and demand management, is the largest commercial microgrid system to date for a Napa Valley winery and in all of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California, according to renewable energy developer Blue Sky Utility, which handled the project.


Residential Energy Storage in Australia: Maximizing Solar Self-Consumption

by Chris Rigatti on October 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Australia is one of the world’s leading markets for solar and energy storage.

The country’s high energy prices, abundant sun, and decreasing feed-in-tariffs (money paid or credit to consumers for excess solar power fed back into the grid) have led more and more consumers to consider batteries.


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