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Breaking new ground in network powering and energy storage, closely held operator WinDBreak Cable Co. said it installed Beacon Power Corp.'s 6kWh demonstration flywheel unit.

Beacon's 36-volt flywheel will provide back-up power to the operator's headend, which supplies video and data services in Lyman, Neb. Beacon's technology is designed to remain stable and reliable, even in extreme weather.

"We believe in [Beacon's] technology," said WinDBreak President and CEO William Bauer. "Our temperature extremes can range from over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a summer day, to prolonged winter temperatures as low as 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Flywheels should last for decades, not just years."

Cox Communications installed Beacon's 2kWh flywheel storage system to handle back-up power at Quonset Davisville, an industrial commerce park located in North Kingstown, R.I.

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