USA. VYCON announces significant results from Regen field test program at Port of Long Beach Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
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VYCON a leader in the design and manufacture of high cycling energy storage flywheel systems, has announced the field test results for REGEN, its proprietary crane energy storage system designed to reduce emissions and lower fuel consumption on Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes. ITS Port Operations, a division of K-Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha), installed the REGEN system on one of their daily use RTG cranes in the Port of Long Beach for the test.

The testing period started on May 5, 2006 and was completed on July 8, 2006, although the units remain operating on a daily basis at the terminal. The test results have determined that VYCON's REGEN has reduced diesel generator particulate matter emissions by 66%, NOx emissions by 25% and fuel consumption by 20-25% on the RTG crane. Additionally, the test program revealed that the REGEN system provided improved lifting response time, thereby reducing the container lift cycle by 15%.

"These results are very encouraging for port operators around the world. The REGEN system can be reliably used to significantly reduce emissions. Additionally, the savings in both fuel costs and time provide a return on investment, effectively resulting in zero cost to the operator," said Louis Romo, Vice President Business Development, VYCON.

ITS, a port operator in California, is pioneering new technologies to reduce emissions aiming to meet the Long Beach Port Authority's recent proposed emissions reductions plan. Through ITS' field testing, the VYCON REGEN system has proven to be a viable solution for Los Angeles and Long Beach port operators needing to comply with new air quality regulations.

The original Alpha test was conducted at the Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) manufacturing facility in Oita, Japan. MES management comments: "the REGEN system is the epoch-making system that can collect and reuse the back power that was discharging by the resistor as the heat. We consider that this system may become the most effective and reliable system for reducing the fuel consumption of the RTG."

This marks the completion of testing for the REGEN system and the start of the production phase. "We intend to seek alliances and cooperation from crane manufacturers, port operators and port authorities worldwide to grow on a global scale. We are excited to be able to start by supporting the local emission reduction targets set by the Long Beach and Los Angeles Port Authorities," said Tony Aoun, President of VYCON.
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