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Aquion Pioneers Cheap, Safe Storage for Renewable Energy in Pittsburgh

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Published on Jun 12, 2012

Innovative grid-level battery maker Aquion Energy is going from university spinoff to major manufacturer. Its environmentally friendly aqueous hybird ion batteries, about the size of a 50-pound breadbox, can be strung together to create modules to store renewable energy, which to date has lacked a viable storage options. This Carnegie Mellon University spinoff has its R&D headquarters in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, and will employ more than 400 in a manufacturing facility near New Stanton, Westmoreland County, by 2015. California native and founder Jay Whitacre explains why Pittsburgh is the right place for this business.

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