2.3.2006: Meldung: Beacon Power Announces Successful Completion
"We are pleased that Beacon Power"s Smart Energy Matrix demonstration system has completed factory acceptance testing, which is the last milestone prior to shipment," said Peter Smith, president of NYSERDA. "This project is part of NYSERDA"s continuing commitment to identify and deploy advanced technologies that have the potential to improve the reliability and performance of our electrical grid infrastructure, for the benefit of consumers in New York State."
"Successfully testing and gaining approval to ship our second Smart Energy Matrix demonstration system is another step toward proving that our flywheel technology is viable for wider commercial deployment," said Bill Capp, Beacon Power president and CEO. "With one demonstration system already in California and this one soon to be installed in New York, we can show how Beacon"s high-energy flywheels provide a cleaner and better-performing alternative to conventional fossil fuel-based frequency regulation services - and do so cost-effectively. The NYSERDA system was enhanced to enable it to also provide uninterruptible power to the site, as well as volt-amperes reactive power, or VARs, which help stabilize power to electrical equipment. Having these additional capabilities allows us to demonstrate that the Smart Energy Matrix can also meet the technical requirements for several other commercially viable applications," Capp added.
During the acceptance testing, the ability of Beacon"s Smart Energy Matrix to follow signals required for frequency regulation and to provide VAR support was confirmed. Testing for these functionalities involved verification of key performance parameters including: system communications (with a new graphical user interface that further simplifies monitoring and operation); compliance with a range of application-specific charging and discharging profiles; and demonstration of normal system operation and shutdown modes.
In addition to supporting the system demonstrations in New York and California, Beacon continues its progress to develop its next-generation 25-kWh flywheel, which will be the core component of the full-power Smart Energy Matrix. That project remains on schedule, with a prototype expected to be ready for testing in late 2006.
About Beacon Power
Beacon Power Corporation designs sustainable energy storage and power conversion solutions that would provide reliable electric power for the utility, renewable energy, and distributed generation markets. Beacon"s Smart Energy Matrix is a design concept for a megawatt-level, utility-grade flywheel-based energy storage solution that would provide sustainable power quality services for frequency regulation, and thereby support the demand for reliable, distributed electrical power. Beacon is a publicly traded company with its research, development and manufacturing facility in the U.S. For more information, visit www.beaconpower.com.
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