Aquion Energy and Siemens To Develop Microgrid and Grid Energy Storage Systems

Aquion Energy, a developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and energy storage systems, recently announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Siemes under which both parties will test the integration of Aquion’s AHI batteries and Siemens’ Sinamics S120 drive technology. As part of the MOU, Siemens purchased an initial set of Aquion batteries for immediate shipment to their manufacturing and test facility in Alpharetta, Ga.

Siemens’ Sinamics S120 inverter solution and Aquion’s AE12 Battery Module product are currently under high voltage test at Aquion’s R&D facility in Pittsburgh, and will undergo additional joint testing at Siemens’ Alpharetta facility. Based on Aquion’s AHI battery technology, the module is an 18 kilowatt hour system designed to provide high performance, long-duration daily cycling for microgrid and grid applications.

Specifically developed for the requirements of both small and large-scale stationary energy storage applications, Aquion’s AHI battery systems are intended to offer high performance, low cost, operational safety and sustainability.

Aquion produces beta AHI battery systems at their manufacturing facility in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with commercial production slated to begin in the first half of 2014. According to Aquion, the company’s initial manufacturing line is capable of producing over 200 megawatt hours per year when operating at full capacity. The 350,000 square-foot facility is sized for five manufacturing lines, enabling Aquion to significantly scale production to match anticipated market demand. 

Source: Aquion Energy