27 April 2001
27 April 2001
Beacon Power Corporation has successfully completed more than 1000 hours of continuous operation of key subsystems for its next- generation 6kWh Flywheel Energy Storage System. Beacon also announced that its 6kWh prototypes will be tested during the second quarter of 2001 and Beta test units will be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Subsystems that completed these tests included such critical components as the flywheel's integrated vacuum system, magnetic bearing system, and composite rotor structure. The new 6kWh system will use the same control electronics developed for Beacon's current 20C1000 2kWh flywheel product. Those electronics are currently undergoing testing by Underwriters Laboratory.
Beacon Power Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets advanced flywheel technology products that provide reliable electric power required by the information economy. Beacon Power Corporation is the only company to have developed a flywheel made from proprietary composite materials that can store and deliver the energy needed for long-duration backup of remote communications sites. Beacon Power Corporation is initially targeting this $4 billion communications segment of the $12 billion power quality and reliability market with products that offer significant advantages over environmentally hazardous lead-acid battery back-up power systems, including higher reliability, longer life, reduced maintenance, quicker recharging, remote monitoring and environmental friendliness.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.