Flywheel energy storage devices could be looked at as a radical application of very traditional technology. They work by maintaining rotational energy by moving a flywheel. This same idea is used to keep a mechanical watch ticking.
Fly wheels, such as the NASA flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth. NASA’s looking for new energy storage systems to enable our future exploration missions.
Velkess flywheel technology promises cleaner, more efficient energy storage By Colin Dunjohn April 2013 Its no secret that the successful future of wind, solar and other renewable sources hinges on the development of cost effective energy storage systems.
Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin is working under a program sponsored by Stanford University through Global Clim ate & Energy Project ( GCEP ) to develop the next generation of flywheel energy storage for the grid. The overall goal of this program is to develop technologies to store half of the grid’s energy in 50 years. CEM believes advanced flywheel energy storage ca n be a significant part of the solution. Given that nearly all electricity in…