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September 02, 2009 08:30 ET

VYCON's Clean Energy Solution Wins Bronze Award From Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine

Sustainable Solution to Backup Power Helps Advance Cost-Effective Green IT Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2009) - VYCON (www.vyconenergy.com) the designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, today announced that its new VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect DC backup systems have been honored by the engineering audience of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine with the Bronze award in the publication's coveted 2009 Product of the Year competition.

VYCON's flywheel systems are as sustainable as they are reliable which is why their systems are being deployed around the globe in mission-critical operations such as data centers, hospitals, universities, broadcast studios and manufacturing plants to protect critical computing equipment from damaging and costly power outages and to provide a greener solution over battery-based uninterruptible power systems (UPSs).

"The Product of the Year competition illuminates the products design engineers and specifiers are valuing for Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems in nonresidential buildings. In this tough economy, construction and operating budgets are under stress while sustainability issues for energy, water, and materials are growing. Flexibility, modularity, efficiency, and durability seemed to be factors shared by many of this year's winners," said Michael Ivanovich, Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine's editor-in-chief.

"We're very pleased to once again be recognized by a distinguished group of engineers and consultants who understand the need for cleaner and more reliable power backup systems," said Frank DeLattre, President of VYCON. "Our VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect UPS systems offer a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than traditional battery-reliant UPS systems offering very reliable and environmentally friendly backup power."

As a continued testament to VYCON's clean approach to power protection, the company so far this year has experienced a 500 percent growth in orders for its VDC line of flywheel backup systems for UPS. "We are absolutely ecstatic about the traction we are seeing in the market for our flywheel energy storage systems, not only in orders received so far this year, but our growing pipeline of project opportunities," commented DeLattre. "What is most satisfying is we are receiving repeat orders from existing customers which is testimony to the product's performance and value proposition."

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has estimated that the annual cost of interruptions and power quality events at $104 billion to $164 billion annually. Protecting critical computing systems against power interruptions has become a priority for C-level executives and IT/facility personnel. Moreover, Info-Tech Research named flywheel technology one of the 10 savviest IT investments for 2009. According to Info-Tech's 2009 tech preview, "One of the least-known, but most valuable green products for the data center is the flywheel, which essentially stores energy for use when power is interrupted. It is a clean and cost-effective alternative to battery-based uninterruptible power supplies."

VYCON is an innovator in the design and manufacturing of technologically advanced flywheel energy storage systems that enable a highly reliable, cost-effective and "green" energy storage solution for a variety of applications. The company's REGEN flywheel systems, used in regenerative power applications such as container cargo handling crane applications and light electric rail, reduce power and energy costs to port and rail operators as well as provide a reduction in green house gasses.

Key to VYCON's flywheel superiority and dependability is its ability to discharge and recharge very quickly when called upon during power outages. VYCON's fleet of VDC, VDC-XE and REGEN systems have logged a record million-plus discharge and recharge cycles -- in very demanding applications that oftentimes call on the VYCON systems to discharge and recharge every two minutes.

For more information on VYCON's innovative green power solutions, contact VYCON at 714-386-3800 or visit VYCON's web site at: www.vyconenergy.com.

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