05 Sep '11, 2pm

Flywheel Energy I: Safety, Security, Reliability

Flywheel Energy I: Safety, Security, Reliability

Energy is like a wild animal that can be contained and trained but never truly tamed. “Just as early auto engineers learned to minimize the substantial fire hazard inherent in a tank of gasoline, [we...] expect to address concerns about flywheel safety successfully. ” For the safety of flywheels, we look at the “cage,” possible escape routes, and the potential effects of the energy released should the structure fail. To address these issues, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) assembled the Flywheel Safety Project in 1995 and later the Flywheel Safety and Containment Consortium. The Consortium includes Trinity Flywheel Power, US Flywheel Systems, SATCON, the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UTCEM), Beacon Power, and some national laboratories. While bearings, rotors, and motors/generators were considered proprietary, containment issues were jo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/05/flywheel-energy-i-saf...

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