Hawaiian Electric Is Testing Flywheels as an Energy Storage Option

By [email protected] Amber Kinetics, the flywheel energy storage startup, has landed a project with Hawaiian Electric, a utility that’s looking for all kinds of distributed energy resources to make solar and wind an integral part of its grid.

It’s the first project outside of California for the Union City, Calif.-based company, albeit a small one — a single Gen2 Model 25 steel flywheel system at the Campbell generating station, one of the two big power plants that keep Oahu’s grid energized.

Hawaiian Electric will be testing the 25-kilowatt-hour unit to evaluate how it stands up against a long list of energy storage projects it

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