Aquion Saltwater Batteries to Be Featured in PBS Nova "Super Battery" Episode

by Claire Juozitis on January 30, 2017 at 12:32 PM

David Pogue is here to show you how energy storage holds the keys to a greener future.


David Pogue and Jay Whitcare discussing renewable energy storage.

UPDATE: The "Search for the Super Battery" full episode is now available online! Watch here. 

If you’re not familiar with the program, PBS NOVA is a weekly science series about everything from “the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world.” NOVA has been in production for over 30 years and reaches an audience of more than five million viewers in the United States every week!

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Video: NRG's Station A Installs Safe Solar Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on January 26, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Station A + Aspen Solar Batteries = A Sustainable Match

NRG’s Station A team is a  talented group of engineers, computational scientists, and business strategists that engineer and integrate clean Distributed Energy Resource (“DER”) solutions, develop new software analytics tools, and test new offerings through pilot projects.. Their goal is to shape NRG's next generation of clean, distributed power plants.

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TEDx Talk: Founder Jay Whitacre on the Vision Behind Aquion Energy's Saltwater Battery

by Aquion Team Member on January 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM

A few years back in 2012, our CTO and Founder Jay Whitacre gave a TEDx talk at Carnegie Mellon University about the vision and story behind Aquion Energy and our saltwater battery technology. 

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When Batteries Go Bad: Lead Acid Battery Performance in Failure Scenarios

by Aquion Team Member on November 15, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are inherently unpredictable.

In use cases where the grid is not available to augment renewable generation, batteries and/or generators are frequently installed to ensure energy is available when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.

Lead acid batteries are most common energy storage solution for these applications, which means the systems are sized to ensure the batteries discharge roughly 50% of their capacity. This is done to increase the lifetime of the battery. However, in certain failure scenarios, the state of charge of an off grid battery pack can fall well below 50%. These scenarios include:

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Why Microgrid Technology Matters

by Paul Ruggiero on November 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Microgrids are more than just a cool concept. 

Last week, we talked about microgrids: what they are and how they are designed. Now let's take a look at why this technology matters. 
 
Adding energy storage to microgrids makes them--and the homes and businesses they service--more energy independent and resilient. O’Brien & Gere, an environmental engineering and services firm, summarizes the potential impact of small, local power grids on the aging power infrastructure of the United States.
 
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