VYCON Wins Network Products Guide Best Product and Services Award

May 20, 2009

Los Angeles – VYCON, the designer and manufacturer of environmentally-friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, announced that its innovative clean energy storage system, which protects IT enterprises and data centers against costly power problems, has been awarded the 2009 Best Products and Services award from Network Products Guide. Winning in the Power Backup category, the publication's readers were impressed with how VYCON's VDC Direct Connect DC system uses clean, environmentally-friendly flywheel energy to mitigate power disturbances that can cost IT operations thousands of dollars per second .

VYCON's VDC backup systems are carbon saving, high-speed flywheels that provide clean ride-through backup power that is predictable and environmentally responsible. Providing a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than traditional battery-reliant uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), mission-critical applications around the globe are depending on VYCON's flywheel systems to provide reliable and environmentally friendly, on-demand energy storage.

The Network Products Guide 2009 Products and Services Award honors products and services that represent the rapidly changing needs and interests of the end-users of technology worldwide. It is the world's most comprehensive guide on networking and communication products, technologies, case studies and vital information from vendors worldwide. The guide's services are targeted at chief information officers and other senior IT executives in enterprises and government agencies including technology vendors, their VARs, SIs, Channel Partners, investment community and venture capitalists.

"We are honored that Network Products Guide readers have recognized the VDC Direct Connect DC power system," said VYCON's Chief Marketing Officer, Frank DeLattre. "Power quality and uptime are serious concerns for our customers and we're pleased that our VDC systems are the first line of defense in protecting their critical systems while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint. Our proven technology is helping IT and data center managers advance their organizations' green initiatives cost-effectively, without sacrificing quality or uptime."

"Increased end-user awareness and ongoing advances in technology are helping shape better products and services," says Rake Narang, editor-n-chief, Network Products Guide. "The VDC Direct Connect DC power system is bringing improvements to backup power through reliability and sustainability. "

Utilizing VYCON's patented flywheel technology, the VDC unit provides up to 220kW of instantaneous 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 UL listed VDC models can be easily paralleled without needing a special communications link. For extended power outages, the VDC will seamlessly provide enough ride-through protection to transfer to a standby engine generator for a continuous power system.

Tested and compatible with all major brands of three-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems and available from VYCON's channel partners, Eaton and Chloride, the new VDC units feature a 20-year life without a major service interval. Featuring optimized power electronics for significantly improved power density, the new energy storage systems replace traditional lead-acid backup batteries used with UPS systems – providing users with a smarter and greener approach to power protection.

About VYCON

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., 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.