Company Breaks Ground on 'Flywheel' Energy-Storage Plant

By Michael Burnham in the New York Times, November 19 2009

Beacon Power Corp. broke ground today on a 20-megawatt, energy-storage facility in southeastern New York.

The Rensselaer County project, slated for completion in 2011, would be the first in the nation to use a "flywheel" frequency regulation system to balance electricity supply and demand, according to the Tyngsboro, Mass.-based company. The $69 million facility would store electricity as kinetic energy in a matrix of massive discs when grid supply outstrips demand.

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