VYCON Awarded UL Listing For Flywheel Energy Storage Systems

November 03, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

VYCON announced that their new VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect dc power systems have been awarded Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) listing. The energy storage systems also conform to the CE (Conformité Européene) mark.

UL, an internationally recognized leader in safety testing of products, has determined that the VYCON VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect systems meet the requirements of ANSI/UL 508 for Industrial Control Equipment; UL 508C for Power Conversion Equipment and UL 1004 Standard for Electrical Motors. In addition, the new flywheel systems meet the requirements of the important European Union CE mark. Many products sold to, or within the European Union, must carry the CE mark. Developed by the European Union to harmonize product safety and health issues, the CE mark indicates that a product conforms with strict standards to minimize product risks to humans, animals and the environment.

"We are very pleased to have our second generation of innovative and environmentally-friendly flywheel energy storage systems meet the testing and evaluation criteria by these prestigious safety organizations," said Vatche Artinian, President and CEO of VYCON. "Following in the footsteps of our globally deployed first generation systems, we are very excited about our new VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect systems that help solve critical and costly power problems across the globe. To this end, one of the largest dental benefit carriers in the U.S. has just ordered four of our VDC units – with plans to purchase four more – to protect their mission-critical data center."

VYCON states that its VDC and VDC-XE models address the pressing need of mission-critical applications that require clean continuous backup power that is reliable, predictable and environmentally friendly. The new VDC systems feature higher power and more energy storage in a smaller footprint than VYCON’s previous generation system.

Utilizing VYCON’s patented flywheel technology, the VDC unit provides up to 220kW of dc power while the VDC-XE (Xtended Energy) model supplies up to 300kW of dc power within a single cabinet. For longer run times and higher power capacities, the VDC models can be easily paralleled without needing a special communications link. For extended power outages, it is stated that the VDC will seamlessly provide enough ride-through protection to transfer to a standby engine generator for a continuous power system.