Matt Maroon

Matt is Aquion Energy's vice president of product management. He joined Aquion Energy in early 2014, bringing with him over 10 years of experience scaling new energy storage electrochemistries from the laboratory into commercial products.

Recent Posts

Top 5 Considerations When Choosing a Telecom Battery

by Matt Maroon on February 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM

With continued worldwide growth in cell phone subscribers, data usage, and network upgrades, the need for reliable power throughout the telecommunications network has never been more crucial.  

There are several layers that provide this reliable power - the traditional utility grid, generators, renewables, and batteries.  Even in the most reliable grid installations, batteries are a fundamental element of the ‘belt-and-suspenders’ approach to ensuring 100% uptime for tower owners and operators.  For weak-grid sites, batteries are indispensable for providing power to bridge during times when the grid is unavailable.  And in full off-grid installations, batteries are the key to enabling reliability and the lowest operating expenses.

While specific battery bank sizing will vary in these three scenarios (on-grid, weak-grid, off-grid), there are still some common attributes that are high on the wish list of tower operators, owners, and energy service companies.


Why Storage? Part 3: Time of Use Optimization

by Matt Maroon on November 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Energy storage can do a number of jobs when connected to a solar-enabled residence. 

We’ve already outlined some of the benefits of energy storage when it comes to maximizing solar usage— self-consumption, backup power during  outages, and islanding (increased autonomy).  Another useful application is time of use optimization. For the homeowner, this means using energy from your batteries when variable rates for grid power are high due to increased demand based on time of day/year. Batteries can be charged from the grid overnight when power is cheapest and then, for example, used to power your AC at the hottest (and most expensive) time of day. But, time of use optimization has other major advantages. Did you know that energy storage, even when installed at private residences, can contribute to solving larger grid and environmental issues?  


Why Storage? Part 1: Solar Self-Consumption

by Matt Maroon on November 1, 2016 at 12:17 PM

A solar system for my home is already a major investment… why would I want to add energy storage to that?

A very common (and valid) question we hear from homeowners… what in the world can I do with batteries in my home that justify the extra hassle and expense of them?  On the surface, most people instantly think of playing the energy arbitrage game: buy energy to charge my batteries when power is cheap and discharge when my utility is charging me a much higher price.


What to Look for in a Maintenance-Free, Deep-Cycle Battery

by Matt Maroon on July 7, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Who would want a cell phone you couldn’t use when the battery goes below 50%? Or a car you have to fill with gas every time the tank hits half-empty? I wouldn't even buy a cup of coffee if the barista said I could only drink half. So why do people buy so-called deep-cycling lead acid batteries that only let them use half of the battery's capacity? I want a battery that lets me use all of its amp-hours.

Is that too much to ask?


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