Beacon Power

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Beacon Power, LLC
Type Limited Liability Company
Industry flywheel energy storage, utility frequency
Predecessor(s) Beacon Power Inc.[1]
Founded 1997 (1997)
Headquarters Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Area served New York, United States
Revenue US$900 thousand (2010)[2]
Operating income US$-21,340 thousand (2010)[2]
Net income US$-22,680 thousand (2010)[2]
Total assets US$11,940 thousand (2010)[3]
Total equity US$28,630 thousand (2010)[3]
Parent Rockland Capital LLC[4]
Website beaconpower.com

Beacon Power is an American Limited Liability Company and wholly owned subsidiary of Rockland Capital LLC specializing in flywheel-based energy storage headquartered in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Beacon designs and develops products aimed at utility frequency regulation for power grid operations.

The storage systems are designed to help utilities match supply with varying demand by storing excess power in arrays of 2,800-pound (1,300 kg) flywheels at off-peak times for use during peak demand.[5]

History[edit]

Beacon Power was founded in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1997 as a subsidiary of SatCon Technology Corporation, a maker of alternative energy management systems. The company went public in 2000.[6][7][8]

In June 2008, Beacon Power opened new headquarters in Tyngsboro, with financing from Massachusetts state agencies. The new facility is intended to support an expansion of the company's operation.[5]

In 2009 Beacon received a loan guarantee from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for $43 million to build a 20-megawatt flywheel power plant in Stephentown, New York.[9][10]

On 30 October 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code in the United States bankruptcy court in Delaware.[11][12] As part of the bankruptcy court proceedings, Beacon Power agreed on November 18 to sell its Stephentown facility to repay the DOE loan.

As of 6 February 2012, Rockland Capital, a private equity firm, bought the plant and most of the company's other assets for $30.5 million.[13] Rockland Capital intends to rehire most of staff and to provide the capital to build a second 20MW plant in Pennsylvania.[14]

Competitors[edit]

There are numerous companies pursuing business opportunities presented by grid-level energy storage, including A123, Altair Nanotechnologies, Ener1, NGK Insulators Ltd, SatCon Technology Corporation, Valence Technology, and Enstorage. However, Beacon's main competitors in flywheel technology include ABB,[15] Berkeley Energy Sciences Corporation,[16] Temporal Power[17] and Vycon Energy.[18]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beacon Power Company History". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bloomberg- Income Statement for Beacon Power Inc.". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Bloomberg- Balance Sheet for Beacon Power Inc.". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Smart Planet Article". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b Peter Howe (June 13, 2008). "Beacon Power puts new spin on clean energy", New England Cable News.
  6. ^ "SatCon sells off two units for $5.6M", Mass High Tech (September 29, 2008).
  7. ^ "Beacon Power's Affiliate, SatCon Technology Corporation, to Distribute Five Million Beacon Power Shares" (Press release). SatCon Technology Corporation. September 13, 2001. 
  8. ^ Steven Syre (August 14, 2003). "Brownout at energy firms", The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ Fact Sheet: The Department of Energy's Loan Programs, March 5, 2010 
  10. ^ Beacon Power, Nordic Windpower Get $59M DOE Loan Guarantees, July 2, 2009 
  11. ^ Beacon Power, Backed by U.S. Loan Guarantees, Files Bankruptcy, October 31, 2011 
  12. ^ Milford, Phil (December 27, 2011). "Beacon Power Wins Judge's Approval for Auction Procedures". Bloomberg. 
  13. ^ "UPDATE 1-Beacon Power finds buyer, Energy Dept sees return". Reuters. February 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ http://beaconpower.com/files/Beacon_Rockland_release_20120206.pdf
  15. ^ "ABB PowerStore". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Berkeley Energy Sciences Corporation". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Temporal Power". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vycon Energy". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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