11 June 2004 – Active Power, Inc. has announced that it successfully completed the second of five milestones for its new battery-free energy storage system by operating a prototype at 80 kilowatts (kW) for 15 minutes. The new prototype delivers double the energy of the previous unit and has achieved the desired output power for the first version of the product.
Active Power’s extended runtime product is initially slated to replace lead-acid batteries in the 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) market below 100 kilovolt-amps (kVA), which is approximately 45 per cent of the overall $2 billion 3-phase UPS market. Follow-on versions of this technology platform will be directed toward the low power telecommunications sector and its approximately $4 billion backup power market.
“This new product opens up several low power market segments that our current products don’t address,” stated Joe Pinkerton, Chairman and CEO of Active Power, Inc. “By delivering well over 20 times the energy of our current flywheel, the new battery-free product will allow us to satisfy the extended runtime demands of an entirely new set of customers.”
As outlined earlier this year, the company has set forth the following additional milestones to be completed over the remainder of 2004:
With over 500 units installed worldwide and more than 8 million hours of field operation, Active Power’s products are a proven alternative to battery-based systems. The company offers the industry’s broadest range of battery-free power quality solutions: the CleanSource DC product line, which is compatible with all leading UPS brands and is available in the 100 kW to 2000 kW range, and the CleanSource UPS product family, available from 65 kVA to 3600 kVA.