Government leaders tour Aquion

Date posted: September 22, 2014

Last week, a group of State, regional, and local leaders toured the Aquion Energy facility in RIDC's Westmoreland Technology Center.  The group heard about Aquion's current and future growth strategies and also had a chance to see products going through the production line.


DSC_0054(a)Aquion Energy, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-out, has started to produce a sodium-ion aqueous electrolyte battery that will enable broad adoption of renewable energy technologies. The company has an R&D facility in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh and choose the Westmoreland complex for their manufacturing unit, allowing their management and staff easy access to the new large-scale production operation.  In June Aquion starting shipping commercial product to customers worldwide.  Their battery is cost-effective, safe, sustainable, and high-performance.


RIDC has partnered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation on the redevelopment of the 2.8 million square foot former Sony plant.  RIDC is implementing a plan to convert the building into a multi-tenant facility.  To date, over 1 million square foot are under lease including Aquion, DNP America, Cenveo and the Westmoreland County Community College's Advanced Tech Center.


Attendees included:

  • Alan Walker, Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)
  • Rich Hudik, Executive Deputy Secretary, DCED
  • State Senator Kim Ward
  • Commissioner Charles Anderson, Westmoreland County
  • Commissioner R. Tyler Courtney, Westmoreland County
  • Commissioner Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County
  • Scott Dunkleberger, DCED, Director of the Center for Business Financing

And several other people from the Governor's Action Team, the Economic Growth Connection, Westmoreland County IDC, and RIDC.

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