Beacon Power Installs Flywheel Energy Storage at California Wind Farm

In SustainableBusiness.com News, March 12 2010

Beacon Power Corporation (Nasdaq: BCON) announced that it has installed a flywheel energy storage system at a wind farm in Tehachapi, California. The system is part of a wind power/flywheel demonstration project being carried out for the California Energy Commission.

The primary goal of the project is to demonstrate that advanced control technology with energy storage can help expand the delivery of wind energy by effectively increasing the capacity of constrained transmission facilities in the area. Tehachapi, California, is a high-potential wind resource area where, according to a report from the California ISO, up to 4,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power may be added in the coming years.

“In collaboration with the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, California ISO, and PG&E, Beacon Power completed a successful research project and field demonstration on the value of energy storage for maintaining reliability on the grid. It helped us better understand the communications and system control issues associated with integrating energy storage onto California’s electrical grid,” said Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron. 

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