What they mean by frequency regulation is holding up the line when a large load comes on line. As more loads become electronically regulated (esp. large motor loads) this becomes less necessary.KitemanSA wrote:Beacon Power, the developers of high-tech flywheel energy storage systems has "Frequency Regulation" as their primary business plan right now.
I suspect that if very rapid charge rate EVs get built, the big business for Beacon Power and their competators will be to soak up energy slowly across the hours and provide it in few-minute bursts to cars at filling stations. But only if these "2 minute charge" systems actually happen.
If the technology was really good there is a huge market for battery replacements in cell towers and telco central offices. I have been following Beacon Power for years and wish them well. But they don't seem to have the required energy density for even lead-acid replacement.