VYCON is an innovator in the design and manufacture of technologically advanced flywheel energy storage systems that enable a highly reliable, cost-effective and “green” energy storage solution for a variety of applications. The company’s REGEN flywheel systems, used in regenerative power applications such as container cargo handling crane applications and light electric rail, reduce power and energy costs to port and rail operators as well as provide a reduction in green house gasses. In addition, VYCON’s line of VDC and VDC-XE systems are deployed in mission-critical operations around the world protecting critical computing assets against costly power outages.
VYCON VDC (VYCON Direct Connect)
The VYCON Direct Connect (VDC®) system stores kinetic energy in the form of a rotating mass and is designed for high power, short discharge applications. The patented technology within the VDC system includes a high-speed motor generator, active magnetic bearings that are used to levitate and sustain the rotor during operation, and a superior control system that can provide information on the system performance. These innovative technologies enable the VDC to charge and discharge at high rates for countless cycles making conventional technologies like batteries obsolete.
How VDC Systems Work
VDC kinetic energy storage systems work like a dynamic battery that stores energy by spinning a mass around an axis. Electrical input spins the flywheel hub up to speed, and a standby charge keeps it spinning 24 x 7 until it is called upon to release the stored energy. The amount of energy available and its duration is proportional to its mass and speed squared. For flywheels, doubling mass doubles energy capacity, but doubling rotational speed, quadruples energy capacity, thus giving VDC a significant competitive advantage.
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