Rail

L.A. Metro's VYCON system reducing energy consumption

Posted on October 31, 2014

VYCON announced that the April installation of its REGEN kinetic energy storage system at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Subway station is realizing nearly 20% in energy consumption. Based on the data obtained so far, it is estimated an annual savings of 541 megawatt hours (MWh), enough to provide power to 100 average California homes.

VYCON’s environmentally friendly flywheel systems are used in what is officially known as Metro’s Wayside Energy Storage Substation (WESS) Project. This energy storage project — a culmination of nearly five years of dedicated research, and development, production and installation — is funded by a grant provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The scope of this project is to demonstrate how VYCON’s green regenerative technology stores energy generated by braking trains and efficiently redistributes that energy to rail lines to accelerate trains — vastly improving energy usage that otherwise would be wasted in the form of heat. The operational two-megawatt base WESS utilizes VYCON’s high-speed flywheel technology as a means of recycling energy on the Metro rail system. The system is "expansion ready" for up to six megawatts, through seamless additions of flywheel units in the future.

Metro and VYCON officials recently met with representatives from the FTA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to review the favorable results of the agency’s first-of-a-kind use of flywheel technology to recycle power generated from railcars

Acting as a mechanical battery, the VYCON REGEN system stores kinetic energy in the form of a rotating mass and is designed for high power, short-discharge applications. Patented technology used within this system includes a high- speed motor/generator, contact-free magnetic bearings used to levitate and sustain the rotor during operation, and a control system that provides system information and performance.

These innovative technologies enable the VYCON system to charge and discharge at high rates for hundreds of thousands of cycles, making it an ideal energy storage solution for electric rail applications.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Calif.'s SMART commuter rail gets Federal green light to launch

Train service will be free of charge on opening day, with the agency holding a community grant opening event. After opening day, SMART fares for everyone will be 50% off regular price through Labor Day, with regular fares set to be in place Sept. 5.

STV, Mott MacDonald JV lands Sound Transit light rail extension contracts

The team will perform systems construction management services for the $3.7 billion East Link Extension, a 14-mile-long extension, and the $1.9 billion 4.3-mile Northgate Link Extension between the University of Washington at Husky Stadium, the University District, and the Northgate neighborhood.

AllEarth takes delivery of Budd railcars for Vermont commuter service

The cars, build in the 1950s, were purchased from Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where they were in operation between 1996 and 2012.

Honolulu lawmakers discuss funding options to complete light rail project

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has a September 15 deadline to submit its financial plan to the Federal Transit Administration.

Texas' DCTA launches free fare promotion to boost transportation options

University of North Texas students will now have the option to park at MedPark Station and take the Colorado Express shuttle directly to the campus, or ride the A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center and board Denton Connect Routes directly to the campus, amongst other benefits for customers.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close