The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced that a 100-kilowatt (kW) scale-power flywheel energy storage system designed to enhance the state's electricity grid is now one step closer to commercialization. The Smart Energy Matrix system recently completed the Critical Project Review -- a significant milestone that assesses the status of research contracts and evaluates the field performance of the flywheel system.

"California has made a significant commitment to deploy renewable energy placing greater demands on the state's electric grid. Technologies such as Beacon's flywheel-based energy storage system provide attractive options to address these emerging issues." -- John Geesman, California Energy Commission, commissioner