Amber Kinetics, maker of reportedly the first commercially available four-hour duration flywheel energy storage technology, and Enel, one of the world's leading integrated utilities with a presence in over 30 countries in five continents, signed a two-year deal to cooperate on jointly assessing the former firm's technology. The two plan to explore the possible development of future projects, too, the firms said.
Enel continuously pursues highly efficient, sustainable operations by means of best available technologies based on a cost-benefit approach, they added. Toward that goal, the utility firm will measure and demonstrate the performance of Amber's flywheel systems, starting with two M32 (8-KW/32-KWH) systems to be installed at Amber Kinetics' test facility in California.
Upon successful completion of the three-month demonstration, to identify possible full-scale business applications of the technology, Enel will evaluate the implementation of Amber Kinetics' next-generation flywheel technology, the M160 model (40-KW/160-KWH), in one of its thermal power plants.
"We are very excited to be collaborating with a company as forward-thinking and devoted to sustainable energy as Enel," said Amber Kinetics' co-founder and CEO Ed Chiao in prepared remarks. "Having such a highly regarded and financially solid partner will allow us to more rapidly achieve our vision of providing a work horse option for flexible energy storage solutions around the globe.
The Amber systems are being purchased by customers around the world seeking to reduce power costs and/or improve unreliable electricity service with affordable, sustainable and robust utility-scale and microgrid energy storage, the firms said. The demand is particularly strong in islanded nations and regions with unreliable to non-existent power grids, where renewable generation plus reliable electricity storage represents the best option for stable electricity growth, they added.
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