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German UPS company to steer flywheel firm after buyout

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong

Two powerhouses in the flywheel and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) markets have merged after Active Power was sold to Piller Group.

The German firm’s purchase, which was announced in September but only finalised recently, comes as it angles itself for a greater share of the critical power market.

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Flywheels: the underdog technology taking off in utility scale ESS projects

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:35 -- Xuan Zhong

In the shadows of more well-known and ‘fashionable’ battery chemistries flywheel technology is beginning to shine in large-scale renewable energy storage systems (ESS).

Firstly, US start-up Amber Kinetics is testing its flywheel’s ability to integrate with renewables in pilot schemes in the Philippines and Hawaii.

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Lead-acid a good fit with flywheels in hybrid ESS

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong

Testing has proved that a lead-acid and flywheel hybrid energy storage system can handle renewable energy as a pilot comes to a close in Ireland.

The trial in County Offaly uses a 160kW lead-acid battery from Hitachi Chemical and a 60kW/30kWh flywheel by US company Beacon Power.

The hybrid system by energy consortium Schwungrad Energie, along with transmission system operator EirGrid (Irish Transmission System Operator), has shown the system can handle real-time response and power output requirements.

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Grid-scale flywheel testing starts at pilot project

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:12 -- Xuan Zhong

US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics and Hawaiian Electric Company (HEC) are set to test the capability of a flywheel system through a joint energy storage pilot project.

The project will use Amber Kinetics Amber Gen2© Model 25 steel flywheel system, at HEC’s Campbell Industrial Park generating station on O‘ahu, Hawaii.

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BESS market set to grow tenfold

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 16:48 -- Vic
BESS market set to grow tenfold

The global battery energy storage system market (BESS) is expected to grow by almost ten times by 2020, according to a GlobalData report.

The sector is predicted to grow from 1.5GW in 2015 to 14GW. The main driver of the growth will be the increased share of renewable energy in the power sector and lower production costs in battery systems.

Many global BESS projects are expected to start in the near future as more wind and solar sources are being merged into power grids increasing the need for storage systems like CAES and flywheels that use electro-mechanical technology and batteries and super-capacitors based on electro-chemical technology, and pumped hydorelectric storage (PHS).

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Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:20 -- Paul Crompton
Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

A lithium-ion and a separate flywheel project will bring 20MW of energy storage to the Philippines when they come on stream this month as the country tries to halt blackouts.

AES Philippines, a unit of AES Corp., alongside Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) is set to complete a 10 MW lithium-ion based energy storage facility in Masinloc, Zambales province late this month.

The 10-MW energy storage system will be used to provide reserve power and grid stability services to the Luzon grid, said Chanin Chaonirattisai, president of the Thai independent power producer EGCO

Construction on the project began in December 2015 and is currently around 90% complete, he added.

Meanwhile Philippines renewable energy company Emerging Power has joined forces with US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics on a project that will begin its first operations this month.

Californian company Amber Kinetics is providing a 10MW energy storage system to harness power from the 150MW solar farm in the Philippine municipality of Subic.

The two hybrid projects are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg as three other solar farms totaling almost 100-megawatts come online in the country.

 

 

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Flywheel expert joins Amber Kinetics to drive commercialisation

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:03 -- Paul Crompton
Flywheel expert joins Amber Kinetics to drive commercialisation

Flywheel energy storage company Amber Kinetics has named Daniel Bakholdin as its new chief technology officer.

Flywheel technology inventor and pioneer Bakholdin will be responsible for commercialising the Californian, US-based company’s product.

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Flywheel firm Amber Kinetics names new head of manufacturing and operations

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 13:58 -- Paul Crompton
Flywheel firm Amber Kinetics names new head of manufacturing and operations

Flywheel manufacturer Amber Kinetics has hired a new senior vice president of manufacturing and operations as the company growth spurt continues.

Will Sutherland will oversee building a manufacturing organization to support the US firm’s vertical integration strategy.
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Flywheel firm hires as it plans to build its first production plant

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:47 -- Paul Crompton
Flywheel firm hires as it plans to build its first production plant

US flywheel company Amber Kinetics has appointed Wei-Tai Kwok as chief operating officer as it expands its senior executive team.

One of Kwok’s first responsibilities will be to establish the company’s first production-scale manufacturing plant— the details of which are still under wraps.

“Wei-Tai Kwok comes to us at an important time in our accelerating growth path,” commented Ed Chiao, the firm’s founder and CEO.

 “Amber Kinetics continues to attract top talent who can help us achieve our goal of commercializing our cost-effective, breakthrough four-hour flywheel energy storage technology at prices that make our innovative storage solution more affordable than fossil fuels.

We are excited that Wei-Tai has joined us as we begin to serve global customers.”

Kwok said: “Coming from the solar energy industry I have been on the lookout for a viable, large-scale energy storage technology that can be tapped into when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.

“For a 100% renewable energy future, which I believe we will achieve in our lifetimes, we must develop commercially viable, scalable, safe and low-cost energy storage solutions like the technology Amber Kinetics is innovating.”

 

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Fourth MW hybrid flywheel ESS unveiled

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:44 -- Paul Crompton
Fourth MW hybrid flywheel ESS unveiled

A flooded lead-acid battery will be part of flywheel manufacturer Beacon Power’s latest 320kW hybrid energy storage project in Alaska.

The battery in the existing utility owned system is being used to help prove out the control system and application concepts of the Energy Storage System (ESS) in Anchorage.

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