Aquion Energy, Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Industry, Inc., 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, Georgia.
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 breakthrough AHI battery technology, the AE12 Battery Module is an 18 kWh system that provides long-duration daily cycling for microgrid and grid applications.
Aquion produces beta AHI battery systems at its manufacturing facility in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with commercial production slated to begin in the first half of 2014. Aquion’s initial manufacturing line is capable of producing over 200 MWh per year when operating at full capacity. The 350,000 square-foot facility is sized for five manufacturing lines.