A few members of the Aquion team recently packed our bags and headed to Washington DC for the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Here are my top takeaways from our first green architecture show:
1. Our industry is special. The renewable energy industry is big, diverse, growing, and competitive. But it’s also full of companies and individuals working together for a more sustainable future. The EMerge Alliance industry association facilitated Greenbuild’s Microgrid Showcase: a demonstration project that brought together dc FUSION, Nextek, Pika Energy, Aquion Energy, and others to build a live, renewable energy installation.
The Microgrid Showcase did more than demonstrate clean energy products. It actually powered the booths in the show’s premier Net Zero Zone with real-time, on-site renewable energy. I commend the Greenbuild team for putting its money where its mouth is. More energy-industry trade shows -- including Solar Power International 2016 -- will be following suit, and that’s a great trend.
2. Our batteries are unbelievable. And I mean that literally. We met many project managers and architects who have already incorporated renewable power sources in their building projects, but just accepted (or assumed) that they would have to use an unclean or unsafe storage solution.
Our batteries' Cradle to Cradle certification means that they're recognized by LEED and can earn LEED credits for a project. (Watch for an upcoming blog post all about it!) We're the only Cradle to Cradle Certified™ batteries in the world, a pleasant surprise for many of the eco- and safety-minded builders we met.
3. What's inside matters.
What's inside your building, your energy system, and even your batteries matters. We're really proud of our clean, safe battery chemistry, and it was fun to show it off -- especially to the very people who are building a greener future.