Solar-Powered Telecom Towers: Why Telecom Companies are Going Green

by Paul Ruggiero on October 11, 2016 at 2:14 PM

The telecommunications tower has become a ubiquitous part of the urban landscape. More towers go up as more people and mobile devices demand reliable, fast cellular and data service.

A telecom tower using Aquion batteries in China. 

But some of the fastest-growing markets for wireless service are in places where the power grid is weak or nonexistent. Remote telecommunications towers need power, and extending the power grid is often prohibitively expensive. It’s an especially poor investment in regions where grid power is expensive or unreliable. What’s a telecom company to do?


5 Markets Where Microgrids Are a Big Deal

by Aaron Marks on January 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Last year, we discussed what microgrids are. We also argued that they are the next frontier for storage. Market forecasts suggest that the microgrid trend will explode in coming years. Navigant estimated 2014 microgrid capacity at 866 MW and expects it to grow to 4,100 MW by 2020.

So what types of applications are best suited for microgrids? Where will most of this explosive growth take place over the next five years? This blog post will take a look at five markets that are strong fits for microgrids.


Microgrids: The Next Frontier for Energy Storage

by Aaron Marks on December 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

A microgrid is a self-contained, small electricity grid. A microgrid can serve anything from individual homes to towns and cities. Unlike traditional, centralized power distribution systems, microgrids house all their elements near the load. To generate power, microgrids often use renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Microgrids also often supplement renewables with diesel to offset renewable intermittency.

In general, microgrids exist in three distinct applications:


Aquion’s “Boxcar” Microgrid: Simulating Off-Grid Telecom Towers

by Aquion Team Member on December 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Just over a year back, we shared a blog post discussing our work on the Aquion “Boxcar,” a containerized energy storage demonstration that serves to approximate a telecom installation in an off-grid/weak grid application. At the time, we were testing out pre-production AHI batteries in the Boxcar. In September, Aquion replaced those pre-production batteries in the Boxcar with our new battery design – a production-intent prototype of the model that we will be producing at our manufacturing facility.


Taking Our Work Off the Grid: Using AHI Batteries with Solar

by Eric Weber on July 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

At Aquion, we’re always looking for ways to put our batteries to the test. We recently discussed our off-grid solution, which can be used to cool vaccines in remote areas, like Africa. It’s currently on test in our backyard next to our outdoor workspace dubbed the “Boxcar Bungalow.” To take this idea one step further, we decided to take the entire Boxcar Bungalow off the grid.


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