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System Monitoring & Controls

System Monitoring & Controls

Beacon Control System Each flywheel storage system is managed by a Beacon-designed Master Controller that receives inputs and signals from a grid system operator or directly from the local grid depending on the application. Operating modes available include frequency response, frequency regulation, renewable smoothing, VAR support, and custom applications. The Master Controller processes inputs, applies the operating mode logic and priorities in effect, and then directs the flywheel system to absorb or inject real and reactive power accordingly. It allocates the work between clusters consisting of up to 2 MW of flywheels and aggregates the state-of-charge and state-of-health information from the clusters. Operating modes and set points can be changed throughout the day and over the life of the system to meet evolving customer system needs. At the 2 MW cluster level, a Cluster Controller commands individual flywheels based on Master Controller instructions and the real-time status of each flywheel module. State-of-charge and state-of-health are determined for the cluster. In the event of a maintenance issue, the Cluster Controller can take any individual flywheel module offline and redistribute the commands to the remaining modules. This fully distributed modular architecture results in high availability and optimizes performance. Beacon’s control system can receive signals in any standard protocol or type of communication medium, typically via a fiber or TCP/IP connection

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