Next-generation flywheel technology delivers more power

07/18/2006


System Integration
Second-generation flywheel-based clean energy storage system from Pentadyne Power Corp. delivers up to 190 kW of power and 2,7000 kW/s of energy.

Chatsworth, CA— Second-generation flywheel-based clean energy storage system from Pentadyne Power Corp. delivers 50% more power than its previous system with the same footprint (5 sq ft) and cost. VSS+ DC delivers up to 190 kW of power and 2,700 kW/s of energy. The unit reportedly transfers seamlessly to an engine generator for a continuous power system.

Flywheel power is said to improve UPS reliability by completely replacing or extending the life of lead-acid batteries used in UPS configurations. VSS+ DC eliminates ventilation and cooling requirements and reduces lifecycle costs and maintenance and replacement needs. The system features a 50,000-hr mean time between failure rating. Higher output of the VSS+ DC permits integration with UPS systems rated at 225 kVA or less. To work with higher-capacity UPS, multiple units may be run in parallel with no communications gear.

Introducing the system, new Pentadyne president and CEO Mark E. McGough noted, “the flywheel has arrived.” He stressed the system’s environmentally friendly lead-free construction, 20-year design life, lightweight fiber composite flywheel, and zero friction loss among the benefits that set it apart. The OEM product is available through Emerson/Liebert in North America and Socomec in Europe and Asia.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk

Jeanine Katzel , senior editor





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