Aquion's 24 Volt Battery Lights Bike Track at Bangkok Airport

by Carleigh Graves on March 31, 2016 at 2:59 PM

The Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand is a popular destination not just for travelers, but also for cyclists who enjoy the 23.5-km Sky Lane bicycle path around the airport. But before November 2015, cyclists could only use the track during daytime hours. The challenge of adding lights to extend nighttime hours, while maintaining a green footprint, was solved by installing solar lighting and Aquion batteries.

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Hawaii After Net Metering

by Paul Ruggiero on October 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Earlier this month, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ended its Net Energy Metering program. Homeowners and businesses looking to install rooftop solar now have two new options. What does this mean for the Aloha state? In this blog post, we summarize the changes and talk about how Hawaiians can get more buck for their solar bang.

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How to Model Aquion Batteries in HOMER

by Terry Holtz on October 2, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Adding batteries to a microgrid isn’t as simple as sticking a nine-volt into a smoke detector. Whether you’re designing a new microgrid or changing an existing one, you must account for many interacting variables. Your electricity demand changes seasonally and even hourly. The availability and cost of solar, diesel, battery power, and grid electricity also vary. Each piece of hardware--even each brand of each piece--has its own capabilities and limits. How do you know if adding batteries to your microgrid will work, both for your system and your wallet?

This blog post will show you how to simulate Aquion batteries in HOMER, one of the tools we use to model customer systems.

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Girls rule, selfie sticks drool, and energy storage is so hot right now (My top three takeaways from SPI 2015)

by Carleigh Graves on September 24, 2015 at 5:07 PM

"It's Solar Christmas!" exclaimed my friend Nick as he eyed hundreds of booths in the Anaheim Convention Center. To a solar engineer like Nick, who religiously follows the latest trends in renewable and efficient energy, Solar Power International (SPI) is a clean-energy celebration so big that it just might make you feel giddy.

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Australia's Energy Profile, Mad Max Style

by Jonathan Matusky on September 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Anyone who’s seen the new film Mad Max: Fury Road has a general, if fairly exaggerated, idea of the energy sector in Australia. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where oil is king. Many elements bear a striking similarity to the country today, while others deviate significantly.

Through the lens of Mad Max, let’s take a look at Australia’s current energy profile and how it may influence the growing market for energy storage.

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