Santa Clara University Wins for Off-Grid Tiny House with Aquion Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on October 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve always had in America, it’s space. As the saying goes: “100 miles in Europe is a long way, 100 years in America is a long time.” Hundreds of years ago, this desire for room to grow resulted in the “sea to shining sea” mantra. In modern times, it has meant larger and larger homes: the average home in the US is over 2,600 square feet. This is a sizeable expansion from the average of about 1,700 square feet in 1978, despite the average family size becoming smaller.

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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?

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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.
 
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Going Off the Grid: How Many Batteries Do You Need?

by Terry Holtz on August 31, 2016 at 1:23 PM


SO YOU WANT TO GO OFF THE GRID? 

Many off-grid homes rely on solar panels for power. If you want to keep the lights on when the sun isn’t shining- without burning diesel- you’ll need batteries. How many? In this blog post, I’ll show you the process used by our Aquion Global Partners to size an Aquion battery system for your off-grid home.

Need some inspiration first? Check out these off-grid residential solar + energy storage examples:

redwood gate ranch hawaii microgrid
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Lead Acid Battery Recycling and Clean Energy in the Developing World

by Chris Rigatti on August 19, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Clean Energy for the Developing World 

As the cost of solar panels and batteries continues to fall, the potential for renewable energy to raise the standard of living in the developing world is becoming a reality. For those of us with air conditioning and Pokemon Go, it may be hard to imagine that nearly one quarter of the world’s population lives without access to electricity.

Developing a centralized electricity grid is a massive undertaking that may never be economically feasible for many developing nations. But solar and energy storage technologies are enabling the creation of distributed renewable energy systems, giving power to people in remote areas where it was previously not possible.

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