Beacon Power delivers support equipment, systems to grid scale energy storage plant in NY

Source: Beacon Power Corporation

Beacon Power Corporation (BCON), a provider of advanced energy storage products, has delivered and put in place the initial flywheel power electronics and associated support equipment as part of the construction of the world's first grid-scale flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York. 

The systems, consisting of power electronics, cooling and other support equipment housed in specially equipped containers, were lowered onto permanent foundations. After the containerized systems are wired in place, they will be interconnected with Beacon flywheels. Support equipment for a total of 4 MW of energy storage capacity was delivered to the site over several days last week. 

Eighty flywheel foundations have already been installed at the site, and the Company expects to deliver and begin installing 40 flywheels (4 MW) during the third quarter of this year. The 4 MW are planned to be connected and earning revenue from frequency regulation services by the end of the fourth quarter. The balance of the 20 MW plant is expected to be completed and operational by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

"This is a milestone -- not just for Beacon Power and our investors, but for everyone who has supported the development and commercialization of smart grid technology," said Bill Capp, president and CEO of Beacon Power. "While the scale of this project is impressive, we've been pleased that construction has remained on schedule and on budget. As expected, the experience we've gained from installing and operating three megawatts of flywheel energy storage in Massachusetts has translated well into this full-scale 20 MW project."

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