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.


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?


In the News: September 2016 Highlights

by Claire Juozitis on October 4, 2016 at 12:55 PM

Nanogrids, Microgrids, and Off-Grid, oh my! 

This month we were featured in various publications for our nanogrid project at the Illinois Institute of Technology and our partner release from Sentinel Solar of the AHI™ Wave ESS for residential applications. Take a look at the highlights we've collected here! 


How AHI Batteries Can Reduce Diesel Consumption in Microgrids

by Aaron Marks on September 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Aquion batteries at the Stone Edge Farm Winery Microgrid


Many microgrids rely on some combination of solar panels and diesel generators for power. Sometimes, they use battery storage as well. The natural challenge with solar panels is that they can only generate power when there is sunlight. For a completely off-grid solution, diesel generation becomes a necessity to have continuous power.

Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric, and Azimuth Energy Announce AC/DC Hybrid Nanogrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology

by Elizabeth Pond on September 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM


Aquion Energy and partners announce the release of a new plug-and-play energy storage system, featuring AHI batteries. 

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - Sep 12, 2016) - Aquion Energy, Inc., the manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and Azimuth Energy, a solar-energy and energy-efficiency engineering and construction company, today announced completion of an innovative AC/DC nanogrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Keating Sports Center. The nanogrid, which was designed and installed by Azimuth Energy, is a combined solar plus energy storage system that uses Aquion Aspen batteries for storage and Schneider power control electronics for energy management.


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