Amber Kinetics, winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technology Award 2017, will showcase its 4-hour discharge duration flywheel energy storage system at the Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenge in Tampa, October 3-7. Amber Kinetics’ game-changing technology will be featured in the Energy & Resilience area, having been selected by an evaluation panel convened on behalf of the Department of Defense. The meeting is co-located with the SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit.
The Defense Innovation program provides Figures of Merit for each participant’s technology solution. Amber Kinetics’ value proposition was described in the program as follows:
“The value proposition for National Defense is a work horse storage technology that meets key mission critical base energy security and resiliency requirements around the globe. Amber Kinetics’ flywheels can be installed below ground, and require no external (and vulnerable) HVAC, and can be visibly invisible. They pose no risk of chemical fire if over worked since there is no limitation on daily cycling. They are rugged and designed to meet or exceed the highest earth quake. O&M is minimal. The first scheduled maintenance, to replace bearings, is 10 years. Performance and life span is not impacted by humidity, proximity to sea water, elevation or desert conditions. Meaning they can be deployed anywhere. Because there is no degradation and no limitation on cycling, the LCOE and cost per cycle beats Li-Ion and flow battery. The four hour duration minimizes the need for vulnerable diesel transport in combat areas. We believe this is a key value proposition for mission critical bases need for National Defense.”