1. Articles in category: Flywheel

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    1. UK to Host Europe's Largest Battery-and-Flywheel System

      UK to Host Europe's Largest Battery-and-Flywheel System

      The UK is to become home to Europe’s largest battery flywheel system in a first for the country which will provide fast acting frequency response services and aid the integration of renewables. The €4 million (US$4.51 million) project is being brought forward to support the project which will be delivered by a consortium of engineers from the University of Sheffield, flywheel specialists Schwungrad Energie and Adaptive Balancing Power, and product supplier Freqcon.

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      Mentions: Europe UK Ireland
    2. Amber Kinetics & Hawaiian Electric to Test Flywheel Energy Storage

      Amber Kinetics & Hawaiian Electric to Test Flywheel Energy Storage

      Amber Kinetics and Hawaiian Electric Company have agreed to conduct a joint energy storage pilot project to test the capability of a flywheel system. Amber Kinetics will build and install an Amber Gen2 Model 25 steel flywheel system, the first commercially available four-hour duration flywheel, at Hawaiian Electric’s Campbell Industrial Park generating station on O‘ahu, where the utility will evaluate its operation. Amber’s innovative steel flywheel is a multi-hour energy storage system capable of charging and discharging electricity for multiple duty cycles per day. A flywheel is a rotating mechanical device that is used to store and release energy. The storage system can provide renewable firming and peak energy shifting, flexible capacity, and ancillary services like voltage smoothing and frequency response for reliable utility operation.

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    3. Amber Kinetics Announces Game Changing Energy Storage Contract with PG&E

      Amber Kinetics Announces Game Changing Energy Storage Contract with PG&E

      Amber Kinetics, Inc. announces signing a landmark, multi-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 20 megawatts of storage using its game changing, four-hour duration Gen-2 Flywheel Systems©. The company believes its steel flywheel technology will drive down pricing while enhancing operational safety and flexibility for utility-scale energy storage.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. ESA
    4. Amber Kinetics Announces Game Changing Energy Storage Contract With PG&E

      Amber Kinetics Announces Game Changing Energy Storage Contract With PG&E

      Amber Kinetics, Inc. announces signing a landmark, multi-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 20 megawatts of storage using its game changing, four-hour duration Gen-2 Flywheel Systems©. The company believes its steel flywheel technology will drive down pricing while enhancing operational safety and flexibility for utility-scale energy storage.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. ESA
    5. First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      Europe’s first flywheel hybrid energy storage plant has been officially launched in Ireland. The plant in Rhode, County Offaly, is owned and operated by Irish energy company Schwungrad Energie and is expected to enter a test operational phase in February. The Rhode hybrid demo project comprises two Beacon Power 160 kW flywheels and Hitachi Chemical valve-regulated lead acid batteries of up to 240 kW.

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    6. Amber Kinetics: Turning Flywheels Into Multi-Hour Energy Storage Assets

      Amber Kinetics: Turning Flywheels Into Multi-Hour Energy Storage Assets

      Last week, Amber Kinetics unveiled a four-hour duration flywheel system, one it says combines the efficiency and flexibility of an electrochemical battery with the durability and lifespan of a simple mechanical device. That’s a twofer that could be very valuable to utilities and grid operators -- and with a 20-megawatt, 80-megawatt-hour contract with utility Pacific Gas & Electric, the stealthy startup has a venue to prove it works.

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      Mentions: CA Asia DoE
    7. Alaskan Energy Storage Project Will Use Flywheels Too

      Alaskan Energy Storage Project Will Use Flywheels Too

      A Beacon Power project in Anchorage, Alaska, will use the company’s flywheel technology combined with electrochemical battery storage to construct a 320 kW system. The project is a pilot to see if it will work in conjunction with renewable forms of energy to counterbalance their periods of intermittency. If it is successful, similar systems could be built and used to support remote utilities along the Alaska Railbelt from the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks. Beacon is working with the Chugach Electric Association, a major local utility.

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      Mentions: Beacon Power Alaska
    8. First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe Announced in Ireland

      First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe Announced in Ireland

      Irish company Schwungrad Energie Limited is behind the initiative which will be based in Rhode, Co. Offaly and is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Energy at University of Limerick. It has received the support of Beacon Power, LLC, a US based company and global leader in the design, development and commercial deployment of proven flywheel energy storage technology at the utility scale.

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    9. Beacon Power and Chugach Electric Association to Deploy Hybrid Flywheel and Battery Energy Storage Project in Alaska

      Beacon Power and Chugach Electric Association to Deploy Hybrid Flywheel and Battery Energy Storage Project in Alaska

      Beacon Power, the world's leading manufacturer of grid-scale flywheel energy storage systems, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Chugach Electric Association to supply flywheels for an innovative hybrid energy storage project in Anchorage, Alaska.

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      Mentions: PA U.S. MA
    10. First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant Announced For Europe

      First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant Announced For Europe

      The first grid-connected hybrid flywheel project in Europe was recently announced by Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. SchwungradEnergie Limited, an Irish company, is behind the project and will collaborate with the Dept. of Physics and Energy at the University of Limerick. An American company, Beacon Power, is providing some support. Rhode, Co. Offaly (in the Midlands area) will be the site of the project.

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    11. Flywheels Get Their Spin Back With Beacon Power's Rebound

      Flywheels Get Their Spin Back With Beacon Power's Rebound

      Flywheel-based energy storage got a black eye with the 2011 bankruptcy filing of Beacon Power Corp., a leading energy storage company, based in Massachusetts, whose technology upgrades pushed flywheels to grid-scale applications. But that blemish proved ephemeral. New investors pulled Beacon Power out of bankruptcy, and last July the firm started a second commercial facility, in Hazle, Pa., to provide power-grid-regulation services. Beacon is attacking new markets that would take the technology in a new direction, followed closely by new grid-scale flywheel competitors.

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      Mentions: MA Beacon Power
    12. Renewable Energy: Flywheels For Backup Power

      Renewable Energy: Flywheels For Backup Power

      Vital to the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, TX is reliable operation of advanced MRI technology as well as other high-tech medical instrumentation. Twice in the hospital’s history, its imaging suite was completely shut down because of power outages beyond the staff’s control. Currently, the facility is prepared for power outages caused by natural or man-made disasters of any type. The imaging suite there contains a pair of 300kW kinetic energy storage flywheels for emergency backup power.

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      Mentions: TX Connecticut Vycon
    13. L.A. Metro's VYCON System Reducing Energy Consumption

      L.A. Metro's VYCON System Reducing Energy Consumption

      VYCON announced that the April installation of its REGEN kinetic energy storage system at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Subway station is realizing nearly 20% in energy consumption. Based on the data obtained so far, it is estimated an annual savings of 541 megawatt hours (MWh), enough to provide power to 100 average California homes.

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      Mentions: NREL Vycon
    14. Canadian Flywheel Design Putting Mississauga Firm on the Energy Management Map

      Canadian Flywheel Design Putting Mississauga Firm on the Energy Management Map

      Sometimes what seems like bad luck can turn out to be a life-changing catalyst – the thing that sets us on a course we never could have imagined. That’s been the extraordinary experience of Jeff Veltri. A non-work-related injury in young adulthood ended his five-year stint as a pipe fitter and sent him back to school, into Ryerson University’s mechanical engineering program. He was employed for a while and then started his own firm, working over the next ten years on industrial, biomedical and military projects. “I’ve always been an inventor and a tinkerer, taking things apart to see how they worked,” Veltri says. “But I’ve always had the goal of being able to both create and manufacture a product.”

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    15. VYCON's Environmentally Friendly Kinetic Energy Flywheel Systems Chosen to Protect Mexico City International Airport

      VYCON's Environmentally Friendly Kinetic Energy Flywheel Systems Chosen to Protect Mexico City International Airport

      VYCON, the designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, today announced that the The Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM) in Mexico City, has purchased three of VYCON's award-winning kinetic energy storage flywheel systems. These backup systems will increase power protection to the airport's vital runway lighting and other critical navigation systems. AICM is the second largest airport in Latin America, serving over 31 million passengers per year.

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      Mentions: Mexico Boeing Vycon
    16. Beacon Sees Demand Doubling for Energy-Storage Flywheels

      Beacon Sees Demand Doubling for Energy-Storage Flywheels

      Beacon Power LLC, the energy-storage company that was sold in bankruptcy in 2012, expects to build 40 megawatts of new projects by the end of next year, Chief Executive Officer Barry Brits said in an interview. That’s double the size of the 20-megawatt project flywheel storage system it completed in Hazle, Pennsylvania, last month, he said. The Tyngsboro, Massachusetts-based company may build 100 megawatts in 2016.

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      Mentions: PA DoE U.S.
    17. Korean Core Energy Storage System Tech to be Transferred to U.S. Company

      Korean Core Energy Storage System Tech to be Transferred to U.S. Company

      Mechanical engineering Professor Ha Seong-kyu at the ERICA Campus of Hanyang University announced on March 31 that his research team signed a contract with Beacon Power to transfer its flywheel energy storage device technology. According to the contract, the team receives a fixed royalty of US$330,000, along with 1.5 percent of the sales for the next 10 years. A flywheel energy storage device converts electricity to high-speed rotational motion energy and converts it back to electricity when necessary. Combined with wind power or photovoltaic power generators, it can ensure a continuous supply of electricity, even when wind or solar power supply is temporarily cut.

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      Mentions: U.S. Beacon Power
    18. Formula One Derived Energy Storage Technology

      Formula One Derived Energy Storage Technology

      Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of Williams that commercialises Formula One derived technologies, is embarking on a project to install flywheel energy storage technology in two remote Scottish island communities to help stabilise their power grids, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from non-renewable power sources.

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    19. Humboldt Power Facility Running at Half Capacity

      Humboldt Power Facility Running at Half Capacity

      An innovative plant that stores and releases electricity in underground flywheels at the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township is running at half power and should hit full capacity this summer when construction finishes, a company spokesman said. Eugene Hunt of Beacon Power LLC said the plant eventually will store up to 20 megawatts. Workers who started construction in June 2013 already have it running at 10 megawatts.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Beacon Power
    20. Storage technology categories with examples of companies in each

      Storage technology categories with examples of companies in each

      There are many energy storage options which can be used balance grid systems so as to compensate for the variable output from some renewables. They include existing and newly emerging electro-chemical and electro-mechanical systems (batteries, pumped storage and compressed air storage), as well as a range of thermal and hydrogen based systems www.electricitystorage.org/ .

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