Pentadyne's New Flywheel Has More Storage Capacity

Pentadyne Power Corporation, based in Chatsworth, Calif., recently introduced the next generation in flywheel technology for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.

The new flywheel, branded GTX, delivers 25 percent more energy storage than previous models, according to the company. The increase in energy storage allows UPS customers to reduce the number of flywheels and the cost needed to bridge the gap between utility power losses and transition to a back-up generator system.

"The Pentadyne GTX flywheel technology is unique in that our flywheel operates with no bearings and no vacuum pump, making the GTX flywheel highly reliable and virtually maintenance free. GTX is at least 10X more reliable than lead-acid batteries in delivering the energy needed to support mission-critical loads while engaging the back-up generator system," said Pentadyne Chief Technical Officer Claude Kalev.

"The GTX is spectacularly green compared to hazardous lead-acid batteries often used in bridge-to-generator applications. A Pentadyne GTX flywheel system can pay back in as quickly as 3 years, and then generate substantial savings for each of the remaining 17 years of its life," said Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Jeffrey Colton. Lead-acid batteries often need to be replaced every 3 to 4 years and as their name indicates, introduce substantial amounts of the heavy metal lead and sulfuric acid into the environment. The GTX flywheel completely eliminates lead-acid battery environmental damage while saving the end user substantial amounts of money.

GTX is suited for supporting hospital, data center and casino mission critical load applications. The flywheel uses about one-quarter of the valuable space that batteries require and can operate in a wide temperature range.

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