Amber Kinetics (www.amberkinetics.com), based in Union City, California, has developed the world’s first four-hour kinetic energy storage system (KESS) powered by groundbreaking flywheel technology for grid and micro-grid applications. Founded in 2013, the Company spent its first few years perfecting and demonstrating its technology and began shipping units to customers in 2016. Today, Amber Kinetics is working with clients on four continents including a 128 kW / 512 kWh system currently under development for West Boylston Municipal Light Plant in Massachusetts.
Amber Kinetics’ products offer benefits for a wide range of utility and commercial applications. The firm’s breakthrough technology is the first to extend the duration and efficiency of flywheels from minutes to hours, resulting in safe, economical and reliable energy storage for a variety of utility-scale applications, including load shifting, peak shaving, frequency regulation, renewable firming and spinning reserve. The system is scalable and designed to allow for increased size through the addition of multiple flywheels.
Amber Kinetics’ first commercial model, the M32, provides 8 kW capacity and 32 kWh energy, or when grouped into large arrays (similar to solar PV panels), can scale up to tens or even hundreds of megawatts. Early customers for the M32 include Hawaiian Electric, Enel, and Emerging Power.
A larger next generation product aimed at utility scale and large C&I applications is currently under active development.
Amber Kinetics’ Northeast Business Advisor, Jeffrey Lissack (email@example.com), says “Amber Kinetics looks forward to assistance from NY-BEST in introducing us to program opportunities, prospective partners and customers who may be interested in learning more about the benefits of deploying this innovative energy storage technology in New York.”