At Beacon Power we are committed to providing utilities and system operators the best flywheel-based energy storage resources to help maintain a reliable, cost-effective and stable power grid. Beacon Power is the global leader in the development and commercialization of fast response flywheel-based energy storage systems, offering proven solutions at the utility-scale for power grid efficiency, frequency regulation, grid reliability, renewable power integration and other ancillary services. Beacon currently operates three commercial flywheel plants ranging in capacity up to 20 MW in three different U.S. markets and our flywheel system has delivered over 7 million operating hours. Our patented flywheel systems are modular and can be configured to meet the power capacity demands of a variety of applications, from 100 kW to multi-MW systems. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility are in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
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Our predecessor company, Beacon Power Corporation, was founded in 1997 as a spin-off of SatCon’s Energy Systems Division to develop advanced flywheel-based energy storage technology. Beacon’s first flywheel systems, the first and second generations of our flywheel technology, were deployed in North America for telecommunications backup power applications.
Beginning in 2004, the focus of our flywheel R&D shifted to the development of a system that could “recycle” electricity on a real-time basis from the electricity grid, absorbing it when demand dropped and injecting it when demand increased. The technology was successfully demonstrated from 2005—2007 and led to the development of our grid-scale flywheel system, which is now commercially deployed for the regulation of grid frequency in ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM.
On March 7, 2012 Rockland Capital acquired the assets from Beacon Power Corporation and placed them in a new private company named Beacon Power, LLC. The assets include the 20 MW operating facility in Stephentown, NY.
Rockland Capital, a private equity firm founded in 2003, is focused on the acquisition, optimization and development of companies and projects in the North American power sector. The firm manages Rockland Power Partners and Rockland Capital Energy Investments and has offices in Houston and New York.