Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) has acquired 40 MW of flywheel projects in Stephentown, New York and Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Rockland Capital, the flywheels have been providing stability services to the electrical grid since 2011 and 2014 respectively. Comprised of 400 five-ton carbon composite and steel flywheels, the combined systems can move 80 […]
Hawaiian Electric, in partnership with Amber Kinetics and Elemental Excelerator, has launched operations of a four-hour kinetic energy storage system powered by flywheel technology. The pilot project is the first commercial use of Amber Kinetics’ advanced technology in the U.S. Hawaiian Electric and Amber Kinetics are testing the 8-kW/32 kWh storage system for local grid […]
Editor’s note: This article comes from MaxPower Weekly, a blog from Maxwell Technologies. It is authored by Mike Wilk, Sr. Systems Engineer. Utilities and grid operators have a tremendous challenge every day—to produce enough energy to meet the ever-fluctuating demands on our electric grid. During the day there is peak demand—people, businesses and machines pull energy from the grid. […]
Since the invention of the potter’s wheel, flywheels have helped smooth the flow of energy in machines. Over time, more modern devices have found their way into some buses, trains, cranes, and automobiles, typically in the form of regenerative braking. In these cases otherwise wasted energy, say from a vehicle decelerating or stopping, is captured […]
Amber Kinetics, developer of the first commercially available four-hour duration flywheel energy storage technology, and Enel, one of the world’s leading integrated utilities with a presence in more than 30 countries across five continents, have signed a two-year agreement to cooperate on jointly assessing Amber Kinetics’ innovative technology and to explore the possible development of […]
Fire Island is a small island near the top of Cook Inlet in the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. While it once served as an Air Force station, the island now sits vacant other than a private FAA aviation airfield and a wind farm. The 11-turbine, 17.6-MW wind farm, built by Fire Island Wind LLC in […]
Amber’s innovative steel flywheel is a multi-hour energy storage system capable of charging and discharging electricity for multiple duty cycles per day.
STORNETIC is presenting a new energy storage system for wind farms. The German technology company’s flywheel energy storage solution lets wind-farm operators balance output fluctuations at their wind site long term. “The volatility of wind power will mean major challenges for wind-farm operators in the future” explains STORNETIC Managing Director Dr Rainer vor dem Esche. “Our storage machine EnWheel allows […]