Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Pentadyne Power asserts its supremacy

Pentadyne Power Corporation is asserting its supremacy as the world’s number one producer of flywheel energy storage systems.

The company has stated that it has surpassed Active Power for the same, sharing that during the first half of this year it shipped 34 percent more flywheel systems than Active Power.

Pentadyne president and CEO Mark McGough pointed out that at a challenging time for capital expenditure sales, the company is still growing at a rate of over 40 percent.

The company stated that its systems also offer greater value in terms of energy efficiency – 90 percent less standby energy use than that of the Active Power CleanSource flywheel – and fewer, shorter and far less costly maintenance needs because the service-intensive vacuum pump and mechanical bearings have been engineered out of the product.

McGough said despite the fact that Pentadyne’s 190-kW product has only been commercially available for just over 24 months, it is an inherently reliable product.

“And reliability is what customers pay for in the backup power market,” said McGough. “We expect that our next generation products will see similar market uptake.”

Recently, Pentadyne had signed a five-year partnership agreement with UPS manufacturer Socomec for distribution of Pentadyne-made products in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In April this year, Pentadyne had shipped its 500th flywheel energy storage system. In addition, the company announced that the installed fleet of Pentadyne flywheel energy storage systems – primarily used with large-scale uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems instead of lead-acid batteries – has amassed a total of two million hours of operation.

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