Aquion Energy, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, announced that its batteries are currently being installed in support of Thailand's newly upgraded Sky Lane -- a 14.6-mile (23.5 km) bicycle track at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport. Sky Lane is the first airport-based track to allow nighttime riding, thanks to long-duration Aquion batteries working in combination with nearly 800 solar-powered LED lights. Installation is underway and is targeted to be complete by early December.
Each of the LED lights that line the bicycle track will operate entirely from solar power using a small autonomous energy storage system that consists of a solar panel, an Aquion S-Line Battery Stack, and a charge controller. During the day the solar panel will charge the battery. During nighttime hours and periods of cloud cover, the battery will discharge stored energy to power the LED lights. Once installation is complete, Sky Lane's estimated 14,000 cyclists per week will be able to use the facility during nighttime hours.
"This innovative lighting system is clean, safe, and self-sufficient. Aquion's high performance and environmentally friendly batteries enable the lights to be powered entirely by solar energy, throughout the evening and on cloudy days," said Tim Poor, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Aquion Energy. "Given the high-temperature environment and the need to operate continuously at a partial state of charge, Aquion's AHI batteries were the clear choice over other battery alternatives."
Traditionally, off-grid renewable energy systems that include energy storage have used lead-acid batteries, known for their environmental toxicity and relatively short lifespan under partial state of charge usage -- a common profile with solar-based systems. Aquion Energy's AHI batteries offer a clean, sustainable, and long-lasting alternative that does not degrade from partial state of charge cycling. The batteries deliver robust performance across a wide temperature operating range, require no maintenance, and are easy to site and install.
AHI batteries have a unique and environmentally friendly electrochemical design, and are the first and only batteries in the world to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™. AHI batteries contain no heavy metals or toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, making them the safest batteries in the world -- designed for use in pristine environments, island locations, homes and businesses.
Source: Aquion Energy
Date: Nov 16, 2015