Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and Amber Kinetics have partnered to introduce the use of long-duration flywheel energy storage systems in the Philippines, the companies announced on Thursday.
The tie-up allows Meralco to test and demonstrate Amber Kinetics Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) at its Meralco Power Tech Center in Pasig City. This will strengthen the clean energy initiatives of both companies, they said in a statement.
“With Amber Kinetics as one of its partners, Meralco efficiently paces its progress toward meeting its sustainability goals,” the statement read.
Meralco aims to develop 1,500 MW of clean energy over the next seven years, a goal that is part of its environmental protection and sustainability efforts.
Amber Kinetics’ FESS claims to “bridge the gap between traditional energy and energy generated from natural resources.”
The system is said to be distinguished for its 4 hours discharge duration, non- degradation in performance, and long lifespan, with the flywheel clocking in at a 30-year design life. Its sustainability feature is also augmented as the technology is made up of recyclable steel, and does not contain nor emit any hazardous materials.
“Both Meralco and Amber Kinetics are working towards powering the Philippines and boosting clean energy capabilities, especially in remote areas that face challenges with energy stability,” the statement read. Lorenz S. Marasigan