Carnegie Mellon University professor and Aquion Energy, Inc. Founder and Chief Technology Officer Jay Whitacre describes the creation of a new aqueous hybrid ion battery at his Pittsburgh-based company as “the most exciting work [he's] ever done.” (You can watch our interview with Whitacre here or below.) With the potential to be a game-changer for storing energy from renewable and off-grid sources, Aquion’s new battery has earned every bit of bragging rights. This safe, reliable and affordable unit may just be one of the critical components needed to realize a true portfolio approach to energy. That could advance energy independence – not only for the U.S., but for other countries that depend on foreign oil or gas as their energy mainstays. It’s exciting that this innovation is happening right here in Pittsburgh, and it underscores exactly why the region really is the new center of American energy.
Recently, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, in cooperation with VisitPittsburgh, hosted 15 top national and international journalists – all interested in energy, green building and sustainability – for a three-day study tour focused on Pittsburgh’s assets in these areas, as well as the region’s innovative energy leadership. Aquion in Lawrenceville was just one of the featured locales. Minneapolis-based tour participant Daniel Cusick from Environment & Energy Publishing wrote a feature about Aquion, “ ‘Steel City’ Gets Recharge from the Energy Tech Sector,” published on June 7 on ClimateWire. It’s just the latest of the earned media already garnered from the study tour. Check out links to other such stories here on our blog, ImaginePittsburghNow.com.