See the science behind our technology
Take an in-depth look at our proprietary battery chemistry in this paper published in Energy Technology Journal, including an explanation of the active electrode materials in Aquion's batteries.Download Now
How it all started.
Our technology is based on a simple idea: In order to meet the challenges of the world’s growing energy needs and increase the use of renewable power, we need large-scale energy storage systems that are high performance, safe, sustainable and cost-effective.
Our founder, Professor Jay Whitacre, set out to solve this problem and discovered a simple and elegant solution that is a twist on a 200 year-old technology: saltwater batteries.
Aquion developed this solution into our patented Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) chemistry. Aquion’s Aspen batteries are sealed electrochemical energy storage systems based on our unique saltwater electrolyte. Unlike flow batteries, lithium ion batteries, and lead acid batteries, our Aspen batteries are made using abundant, nontoxic materials and modern low cost manufacturing techniques. Our saltwater batteries are maintenance-free and optimized for daily deep cycling.
Watch CTO and Founder Jay Whitacre’s TEDx talk at Carnegie Mellon University about the vision and story behind Aquion Energy’s battery technology: