Efforts to Tap Energy from Running Trains Get Started

VYCON, as you all know, is a manufacturer of technologically advanced flywheel energy storage systems. The company has now won a $3.6 million contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to install a Wayside Energy Storage Substation (WESS) at the LA. Metro Red Line Westlake / MacArthur Park Station utilizing VYCON’s REGEN clean energy flywheel systems.

The LA Metro will begin to capture and redirect the kinetic energy of its own trains now on with the help of this energy company.

The new system will use flywheel technology to store energy generated by braking trains that enter the Westlake and MacArthur Station and to return the energy to trains in acceleration in a neat and instantaneous form.

This will save electricity otherwise wasted in the form of heat. The LA Metro has already installed a photovoltaic system that generates two megawatts using solar power and the project will add another two megawatts to the system.

The wasted energy is captured by the VYCON’s REGEN flywheel system at cycles as low as one per minute and can measure up in power capacity with parallel systems.

One of the most impressive outcomes of VYCON’s new clean-energy flywheel technology is that it could dispose the chemical battery-based Traction Power Substation.

The WESS is largely funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER).


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