Aquion Energy changes the economics of renewable power generation in off-grid rural areas by offering an energy storage solution made of low-cost materials.

The saltwater battery enables off-grid homes to make optimal use of intermittent renewable energy, making solar photovoltaic panels cost-competitive when compared to unhealthy alternatives like diesel generators or toxic lead-acid batteries. By using abundant non-toxic materials like saltwater, carbon, and manganese, the hybrid ion battery creates an electrical current when electrolytes shuttle between manganese oxide-based positive electrodes and carbon-based negative ones.

Aquion Energy uses inexpensive manufacturing equipment repurposed from food and pharmaceutical industries, lowering the cost of production, and helping them to gain Cradle-to-Cradle certification. In the end, briefcase-sized batteries are stacked and bolted together, serving households and villages with renewable energy.

Our batteries are built with sustainable materials as simple as saltwater and carbon..

Professor Jay Whitacre – CTO and Founder, Aquion Energy.

Why you should care

By 2040, over 1 billion people in Africa are expected to gain access to electricity. Encouraging a sustainable development pathway can help to reduce fossil fuel-powered activities while ensuring reliable power for all. Aquion’s environmentally benign batteries enable more solar generation by storing energy produced during the day and making it available on demand. 

How the Global Goals are addressed

Good Health and Well-Being

Saltwater batteries are non-toxic and flame resistant, helping to reduce the risk of battery fires and problems from leaks.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Unlocking sustainable, affordable battery technology could help those without grid access to power their appliances around the clock.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Producing batteries with common resources rather than rare earth elements is a more sustainable, responsible way of production.