Trains VYCON Wins $3.6 Million Contract To Capture Braking Energy Of Trains With High-Speed Flywheel Technology

Published on December 1st, 2012 | by Zach

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VYCON Wins $3.6 Million Contract To Capture Braking Energy Of Trains With High-Speed Flywheel Technology

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December 1st, 2012 by
 

Electric cars aren’t the only electric vehicles out there. And, arguably, electric trains are a whole ‘nother level of awesome. While still not the norm, capturing the braking energy of trains and turning it back into electricity has been growing in popularity. The latest news along these lines is that VYCON (“designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems”), to do just that, “has been awarded a $3.6 million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to install a Wayside Energy Storage Substation (WESS) at the L.A. Metro Red Line Westlake / MacArthur Park Station.”

Now, in case this isn’t all clear to you, VYCON’s flywheel tech absorbs and stores the kinetic energy created from the braking trains, then puts that energy back into accelerating trains to give them a little boost. (If it didn’t do this, that energy would simply be ‘lost’ as heat.)

Here are some other benefits of the system (via VYCON):

  • Elimination of train slowdowns and stop/starts by correcting low voltage occurrences.
  • Increasing system reliability through greater power capacity.
  • Redundancy in power source for adjacent substation outage or emergencies.

Here’s a video explaining VYCON’s technology in more details (warning: super PR voice):

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • CBRG

    MY DEAR FRIENDS,THIS IS ALL GREAT FOR THIS GREAT CHANGING WORLD,BEST OF LUCK FOREVER FOR EVERYONE.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Good stuff, eh?

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