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Helix technology meets the needs of multiple industries
Helix enables a reliable zero-emissions grid and extends the life of other system assets
Replacing fossil fuel energy generation with intermittent renewable energy sources leaves the grid unable to fluctuate supply to meet demand
Long term energy storage and gas turbine gen sets are used to compensate for fluctuating demand, but rapid fluctuation increases wear and tear on these assets
Flywheel storage manages short term fluctuations and extends the life of other balancing assets
Helix provides 30% energy use reduction for a city's largest electricity consumer
All rapid transit systems are equipped with regenerative braking, creating momentary surplus energy
Without energy storage, the braking energy is currently wasted
The Helix system is designed to absorb energy when a train is braking and return the energy when it is accelerating
Helix reduces seaport energy usage, increases productivity
Seaport crane hoists use regenerative braking when lowering containers
Storing this energy allows for reuse when containers are being lifted
Up to 50% energy savings by reusing energy
Supplementing ship-to-shore crane power with stored energy allows crane hoists to use more power, moving loads faster
Faster movement increases dockside throughput
Emerging microgrid concepts will require energy storage solutions like Helix offers
Microgrids are an emerging market and could prove to be a significant strategy for the path to zero-emissions and grid reliability.
Microgrids are the localized grouping of electrical services within a municipality or large institution, such as a univeristy or hospital.
Microgrids are often connected to the public grid, but they do not need to be. The ability to operate independent from the public grid means energy generation and demand are balanced locally and services are not reliant on public grid performance.
Energy storage solutions, like Helix's flywheel technology, are needed to fill the gap between energy generating and energy consuming equipment.
Adapted from: IEEE Electrification Magazine, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 12- 23, March 2020, doi: 10.1109/MELE.2019.2962886.
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