Oztek Blog

Utility-Scale Flywheel Energy Storage & Grid Tie Inverters

Posted by John O'Connor on Jun 7, 2011 3:20:00 PM

A few days ago Beacon Power announced that their installation of the world’s first 20MW Flywheel plant is currently operating at 18MW, and is expected to be running at full, 20MW capacity before the end of the month.  We’re pretty excited about this at Oztek, as we provide the controls for both the grid tie inverter that interfaces with the grid, and the sensorless permanent magnet motor drive  used for the flywheel in Beacon's system.  This program posed many design challenges, and it’s always extremely satisfying to see things finally come together, particularly on something as  large and complex as this. 

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Topics: Grid Tie Inverter, Sensorless Motor Control