Siemens Industry and Aquion Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to integrate its battery and drive technologies to develop microgrid and grid energy storage systems.
The companies will test the integration of Aquion’s AHI (‘Aqueous Hybrid Ion’ saltwater electrolyte chemistry) and Siemens’ Sinamics S120 drive technology. As part of the MoU, Siemens acquired an initial set of Aquion batteries for immediate shipment to their manufacturing and test facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, US.
Siemens’ Sinamics S120 inverter and Aquion’s AE12 battery module are currently under high voltage test at Aquion’s R&D facility in Pittsburgh. Aquion said an additional joint testing will be carried out at Siemens’ Alpharetta facility.
Siemens Industry director of new technologies Razvan Panati said the company intends to explore the Aqueous Hybrid Ion technology, validate its capabilities and potential for offering grid-scale deployments, as well as microgrid and renewables support functions.
“Our intention is to support the Aquion team in developing fully integrated AHI-based energy storage systems using our scalable, industry proven, off-the-shelf inverter technology,” Panati said.