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    There's this company I would consider investing in only because a good friend of mine says their product is the next big thing. Trouble is I don't understand exactly what the product is. They're talking flywheels as a mechanical battery. Not sure if its a UPS or a generator or what? Can someone explain their product in layman's terms and is it revolutionary or just a new take on an old idea?


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    I think it's purpose is to mechanically equalize voltage. That is, it bleeds off excess surges or adds power to a system in order to prevent power surges or drainage from affecting sensitive industrial electronic systems.

    Sound in principle (since it is mechanical), but inefficient as well as redundant as most industrial systems employ electronically operated back up systems with back up generators that are more efficient, more accurate and well established. (Especially since the flywheel needs an electric motor...)

    It is not something I would ever invest a dime into.


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    Could they replace a UPS used in a LAN room application? You wouldn't have all the batteries contained in one of those units and by the looks of it, takes up less space.

    A big gas distributor in Canada just poured 10 million bucks into this venture, so there must be something they like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    A big gas distributor in Canada just poured 10 million bucks into this venture, so there must be something they like.
    Someone in their buying department could be a sucker, too.

    It looks shady, to me. Very shady.
    But that doesn't mean that it IS bogus- I only had a glimpse at their website before I gave my two bits...
    I'm just some guy... you know?

    But I wouldn't recommend you whip out your checkbook.
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    I know the world's looking for a better battery but I am also wary. Can't find a stock market listing for this company anyway but I'm going to keep an eye on it. Never know, sometimes these companies become overvalued in the beginning, just got to know when to get out.
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    Increased use of renewable power leads to instablility of the grid, because if the wind dies down, or clouds move in and shade out the solar cells in a region you lose generating capacity. Then you have to start up your backup power sources like gas turbines or hydro turbines. This doesn't happen instantaneously. To keep the grid powered up a few minutes or however long it takes to get the backup generators going, it has been proposed to use batteries or flywheel generators.

    Flywheel generators are nothing new. They've been around for decades. However, if this product is a lot better than their competition, it could be a good investment. Germany, for one, is getting close to the limit of renewable power they can have on the grid without causing big problems and would be a ready market. I'd investigate the claims, though. Anybody can make claims about their product.
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