Energy storage, clean and simple.

Introducing the first safe and sustainable deep cycle battery.

Our unique Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) chemistry is made from abundant, nontoxic materials. Our deep cycle battery technology contains no heavy metals or toxic chemicals and is non-flammable and non-explosive, resulting in the cleanest and safest batteries for your home or business.  

Our Aspen batteries are the first and only in the world to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™, an esteemed quality mark for products made from sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

AHI chemistry is composed of a saltwater electrolyte, manganese oxide cathode, carbon titanium phosphate composite anode, and synthetic cotton separator. The battery utilizes non-corrosive intercalation reactions at the anode and cathode. See how we compare to lithium ion and lead acid.

Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) Chemistry

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See the science behind our technology

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.

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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:

You can also hear more from Jay about our chemistry in this segment of NOVA! “Search for the Super Battery” aired on PBS and featured our batteries:

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How we stack up.




Learn about the advantages of AHI batteries vs. lead acid batteries.
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What’s inside matters.


  • Aquion’s batteries are not flammable, corrosive, or explosive within any environment, states of charge, or use condition as specified in Aquion’s specification sheets and users manuals.
  • AHI batteries have a safe water-based electrolyte.
  • Thermal runaway events are simply not possible in the AHI chemistry.

Read more on the safest batteries in the world and watch us try to light them on fire here.


  • AHI batteries have an environmentally-friendly electrochemical design that contains no heavy metals, toxic chemicals, inorganic solvents, or other noxious materials.
  • AHI batteries are safe enough to be disposed via traditional waste streams (always follow local regulations regarding disposal of any product) and are Cradle to Cradle Certified™.

Read more about our eco-friendly batteries here. 


  • The deep cycle batteries are completely sealed and do not require maintenance. They are self-balancing and therefore do not require an equalizing charge or a battery management system (BMS).
  • AHI batteries have no moving parts like flow batteries, complicated watering systems like some lead acid batteries, and do not require active cell balancing like lithium ion systems.
  • The aqueous electrolyte provides natural overcharge and overdischarge protection and, along with the high impedance of the system, allows AHI batteries to self balance in string configurations.


  • AHI batteries are tolerant to daily deep cycling, wide temperature ranges, and partial state of charge cycling with minimal degradation.
  • In addition to the safety and sustainability advantages of using water as electrolyte, another advantage is the thermal mass of the embodied water means that AHI products neither heat nor cool rapidly. As such, the products can operate in a very wide operating temperature window because they simply take so long to heat and to cool.
  • The AHI chemistry relies on charge/discharge mechanisms which are unaffected by partial state of charge – these batteries can sit indefinitely at partial, or even no state of charge, without irreversible capacity loss like lead acid batteries.

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