Amber Kinetics is a technology spin-off from U.C. Berkeley where Dr. Seth Sanders, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Engineering, has led research into innovative flywheel energy storage and power conversion technologies for the past two decades.
Dr. Sanders teamed up with co-founder Ed Chiao to commercialize his laboratory research, with the duo believing that the technology could make a meaningful contribution to humankind’s transition to clean energy if focused into a commercial business.
Early research and development work was funded by both the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. After successful demonstrations across 2014, the company’s mechanical battery, built around the latest flywheel technology, was developed into a commercial product and deployed at initial customer sites in both the U.S. and Asia.
Today, Amber Kinetics is offering its breakthrough, low-cost mechanical battery for grid-scale storage applications. The solution represents a quantum leap in cost and performance beyond today’s chemical batteries, with now over 15,000 hours of cumulative field operations – and growing rapidly.