POWER QUALITY APPLICATIONS & MARKETS
The power hungry nature of data centers make them prime candidates for energy-efficient and green power solutions. Reliability, efficiency, cooling issues, space constraints and environmental issues are the prime drivers for implementing flywheel energy storage.
VYCON’s VDC systems, when paralleled with UPS batteries, absorb common short duration power disturbances protecting the batteries from premature wear – allowing them to be ready when needed most. Power Quality studies by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) show that 98% of all power disturbances are less than 10 seconds, yet these momentary outages significantly shorten the life of UPS batteries. Many data centers are now foregoing batteries altogether in order to increase computing density and significantly reduce cooling costs taking advantage of the benefit that the VDC system requires no air-cooling. Moreover, the lifetime investment in the VYCON energy storage system is much lower than that of batteries. Over time, each VYCON VDC system deployed saves users over $200,000 when compared to using VRLA batteries, making VYCON’s VDC system a financially attractive solution. Having your UPS paired with flywheels for instantaneous backup power is now a highly cost-efficient reality.
Medical / Hospital
The NFPA 99 regulation for emergency power systems stipulates that stand-by generators must be able to assume the load within 10 seconds – making flywheels the perfect protection solution. Fighting for space has become another concern in the layout and growth of medical facilities. The VDC can replace banks of batteries, freeing up valuable healthcare space. For example, Virtua Health’s data center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey is continually plagued by thunderstorms, creating havoc with their power quality. Their data center is now equipped with Uninterruptible Power Systems and VYCON’s VDC flywheel to protect its servers against any kind of power interruption. VYCON’s innovative technology will save Virtua significant money by providing clean, reliable power for 15 to 20 years compared to the typical battery life cycle of only five to seven years.
Staying on the air is vital for broadcasters - especially for 24-hour newsrooms. Any disruption from the grid supply is unacceptable. For many broadcasters a loss of power for 10 seconds until the generator comes on line can mean several hours to restore full services to their various channels. Transmitters are especially sensitive to power anomalies and even a momentary power glitch can trigger transmitters to experience a hard shutdown, causing costly damage to transmitter components. The special needs of transmitting systems place extraordinary demands on UPS systems. VYCON’s flywheel technology offers an excellent alternative to the shortcomings of UPS batteries and provides a proven solution for handling expensive crowbar events. It is particularly beneficial in situations where high reliability is required, space is at a premium and/or environmental conditions make the installation of battery systems inconvenient or expensive.
Manufacturing and process control systems depend heavily on clean power quality. Even a momentary glitch in utility power can bring assembly lines down and cause critical process control applications to come to a sudden, costly stop. Sags, surges, transients and harmonics all wreak havoc with these critical systems. VYCON’s VDC system in conjunction with a UPS not only provides instantaneous power but also provides the glitch protection that these demanding applications require. With zero cooling requirements, very small footprint, minimum maintenance and a 20-year life compared to a typical 5-year life for batteries, VYCON’s flywheel systems are the perfect choice for demanding power requirements.
Casino / Gaming
Today’s casinos are hitting the jackpot by deploying flywheels as their first line of defense against system downtime. Continuity and system uptime of digital machines and other computing intensive gaming systems demand the highest level of power certainty. Instead of using space and maintenance intensive lead-acid batteries, casinos are deploying flywheels to mitigate the frequent power hits that can cause digital machines to malfunction. Instead of tying up expensive real estate with batteries, casinos are opting for VYCON’s VDC energy storage system that takes up less than half the space – providing more floor space for revenue generating activities.