VYCON to Present with ABB on Using Variable Frequency Drives and Flywheels to Enhance Data Center Reliability during ABB Automation and Power World

March 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES – VYCON, the designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, together with ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, will co-present "Using Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to Enhance the Reliability of Data Centers" during the ABB Automation and Power World being held in Orlando, FL, March 25 – 28, 2013.

The ABB/VYCON co-presented session (#27731) held on Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m., investigates the role of variable frequency drives together with flywheels to provide adequate ride through during power events. Data center operating costs can be significantly reduced by as much as 50 percent with variable speed drives. These devices control the flow of pumps and air conditioning fans to eliminate the energy waste that is common with conventional pump and fan control methods.

A small reduction in speed can make a big difference in energy consumption. For example, a centrifugal pump or fan running at 80 percent speed consumes only half as much energy as a unit running at full speed. This is because the power required to run a pump or fan changes with the cube of the speed. When it comes to power outages, an equally energy efficient power protection solution, such as flywheels, is required in order for data centers to realize even more energy savings, increased uptime and a smaller carbon footprint.

When there is a power outage, instead of using battery-based uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) that are unable to absorb regenerative loads as well as ongoing reliability concerns, flywheels are a better choice both economically and environmentally. With a 20-year life expectancy, very low maintenance, small footprint, high reliability and low Total Cost of Ownership, VYCON's VDC-XE flywheels systems are the perfect power protection partner for VFD applications.

To register for ABB Automation and Power conference, go to http://www.abb.com/apworld

For more information on VYCON’s innovative green power solutions, contact VYCON at sales@vyconenergy.com, visit VYCON’s web site at: www.vyconenergy.com or see a short video about the REGEN Rail High Power Energy Storage System on YouTube.

About ABB Automation & Power World

The annual four-day program consists of educational workshops, technical training, customer case studies, application workshops, and panel discussions. With over 130,000 square feet of power and automation equipment, over 400 educational training courses, and access to ABB and industry experts, Automation & Power World is the "must-attend" event to be introduced to the latest products, solutions, and cutting-edge technology and to learn how these solutions can positively impact your business.


VYCON is an innovator in the design and manufacturing of technologically advanced flywheel energy storage systems that enable a highly reliable, cost-effective and "Green" energy storage solution for a variety of applications. VYCON's products are applied in the power quality markets to provide back-up power in mission-critical applications and in the energy re-cycling markets for capturing and regenerating energy in crane, electric rail and distributed generation applications. VYCON is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.

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