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Amber Kinetics is a manufacturer of utility-scale kinetic energy storage systems. With main offices in Union City, CA and Manila, Philippines, the company’s product line includes an 8 kW, 4-hour duration, 32 kWh energy storage system which utilizes the company’s advanced, 5,000 lb, all-steel flywheels to store energy.
Amber Kinetics is a technology spin-off from U.C. Berkeley where Dr. Seth Sanders, PhD, 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 customer sites in the U.S. and Asia. The company’s fleet of flywheels now has 50,000+ hours of cumulative field operations – and is growing rapidly.
Today, Amber Kinetics is offering its breakthrough, low-cost Kinetic Energy Storage System (KESS) to customers around the world. The innovative energy storage solution represents a quantum leap in cost and performance beyond today’s chemical batteries.