Skip to main content
  • Our products Our products Our products
  • Sustainability Sustainability Sustainability
  • Careers Careers Careers
  • Investors Investors Investors
  • Meet AES Meet AES Meet AES
  • My AES
    Choose your location
    Choose location

    AES Global

    AES Local

    Andes Argentina Brasil Bulgaria Chile Colombia Dominicana El Salvador Hawai‘i Indiana México Miami Valley Lighting Ohio Panama Puerto Rico Vietnam
    Search AES

    Unicorns are real and can heal the planet

    Unicorns are real and can heal the planet

    Fluence, AES’ energy storage and AI joint venture with Siemens, just experienced a “unicorn” IPO, so-called because of the rarity of a privately-held startup being valued at over a billion dollars. You can read more about the IPO in the press release.

    At AES, we believe in unicorns like Fluence and think they have the power to be the scalable ecosystems the world needs for the energy transition. The IPO proceeds going into Fluence come at a great time, as resolve for solving climate change is intensifying among world leaders gathering at COP26 in the coming week. We must all move faster and in concert on innovations like energy storage and AI to deliver meaningful reductions in CO2, and business platforms like Fluence allow utilities providers and business customers to do that.

    Fluence was born from AES’ energy storage team in 2007, a team of four at the time. What started as a big idea to commercialize advanced energy storage technology led to the first utility-scale Lithium-ion battery system in the world in 2009, and today, we’ve worked together with Siemens to transform Fluence into a leading pure-play provider of energy storage technology and AI digital energy applications globally with 150+ projects delivered with over 2.7 GW of storage capacity and more than 4 GW of assets under management.

    The Fluence story is not a singular one. It comes from combining AES’ deep electricity industry context knowledge with a founders’ entrepreneurial spirit, which we do systematically through our AES Next team. There are several budding unicorns in this stable, each a scalable ecosystem for the energy transition including:


    Uplight: The leading provider of digital energy efficiency and demand management solutions in the US activating the energy transition for utilities and their customers. Earlier this year we announced that Schneider Electric joined AES as a partner in Uplight, in a deal that valued the business at $1.5B.




    5B: A solar technology innovator based in Australia that has transformed the delivery of solar projects from the ground up through their revolutionary MAVERICK technology, using half the land and deploying in a third of the time. Through collaboration with AES, 5B has launch their product in the U.S., Chile and India.



    Motor: A new start-up, creating a great EV customer buying experience while teaming up utilities to convert more people to EV drivers – check it out at .



    To solve climate change, we must accelerate the future of energy, together. Single actors and point solutions will not be enough. Together means embracing entrepreneurs, it means combining global and local insights, it means financial partners, it means co-creating with customers, and it also means building massive platforms like Fluence that serve AES and the whole industry with the innovations we need to decarbonize the world.

    At AES, we believe in unicorns. Do you? 

    Be part of the future of energy at


    Back to top Products
  • Our offerings
  • Your profile
  • Sustainability
  • Clean growth & innovation
  • Our people
  • Community partnerships
  • Sustainability resources
  • Careers
  • Meet our people
  • Search jobs
  • For the press
  • Press releases
  • News & Events
  • Media kit
  • Presentation & webcasts
  • Investors
  • News & events
  • Reports & filings
  • Stock information
  • Investor resources
  • Governance
  • For partners
  • Partnerships
  • Landowners
  • Suppliers
  • About us
  • Our history
  • Our leadership
  • Global x local
  • Contact us
  • Office locations
  • Ethics & compliance
  • Copyright © 2009-2024 The AES Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy

    Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of The AES Corporation is prohibited. AES and the AES logo are trademarks of The AES Corporation. 

    Jump back to top