Paul Ruggiero

Product Documentation Manager

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Grid Power, Telecom Tower, and Battery Kilowatt-Hours: Shanghai Installation Leads the Way

by Paul Ruggiero on February 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

I recently wrote about how off-grid, solar telecommunications towers are starting to use energy storage to extend the reach of communication networks. Grid-tied towers are starting to get in on distributed energy generation, too. One such tower in Shanghai recently added solar power and Aspen energy storage. What can solar batteries do for a telecom tower with reliable grid power? More than you might think.


Aquion Energy Delivers Sustainable Battery System to Integrate with Off-Grid Solar Power at Kruger National Park in South Africa

by Paul Ruggiero on February 1, 2017 at 10:04 AM


55 kWh of Aquion saltwater batteries paired with solar will reduce diesel use and provide safe, long-duration storage for solar power self-consumption

Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 1, 2017 – Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen saltwater batteries and energy storage systems, has announced a newly installed off-grid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The microgrid consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array.

The solar array and Aquion’s Aspen batteries provide full power for the camp, which consists of four luxury “tents,” a central lounge, swimming pool, and a water pressure pump for drinking water. The batteries have been sized to comfortably support the site’s loads during overcast conditions before getting assistance from a back-up diesel generator. The microgrid operates silently, enabling guests to peacefully enjoy the wildlife and beautiful landscape.


Aquion Energy Wins a 2016 Platts Global Energy Award

by Paul Ruggiero on December 12, 2016 at 9:51 AM


Aquion Energy has won the Rising Star Company category of the S&P annual energy industry awards

Pittsburgh, PA -- December 12, 2016 -- Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen saltwater batteries and energy storage systems, has announced that it is the recipient of a 2016 Platts Global Energy Award in the Rising Star Company category. The award from S&P Global Platts, an independent provider of commodity and energy benchmark prices and information, recognizes the achievements of a new or existing business that has moved into a brand new field within the energy or chemical industry. Winners were announced at a black-tie event held December 8 in New York City.


Why Microgrid Technology Matters

by Paul Ruggiero on November 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Microgrids are more than just a cool concept. 

Last week, we talked about microgrids: what they are and how they are designed. Now let's take a look at why this technology matters. 
Adding energy storage to microgrids makes them--and the homes and businesses they service--more energy independent and resilient. O’Brien & Gere, an environmental engineering and services firm, summarizes the potential impact of small, local power grids on the aging power infrastructure of the United States.

Microgrids 101

by Paul Ruggiero on November 4, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Maybe you’ve heard the word “microgrid” tossed around the office break room or at happy hour— or maybe that’s just at Aquion.

You’ve certainly run across the term elsewhere on our blog. Microgrids are increasingly challenging the hegemony of the traditional, centralized power grid, which fires up massive power plants, shoots high-voltage electricity hundreds of miles, and squeezes it through tangled webs of sub-stations, transformers, and utility poles and finally into your blender so you can have a delicious smoothie.

So what is a microgrid? And what about those nanogrids? Read on.



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