Flywheel Power Storage Witnessing Increased Focus Owing to Need for Sustainable and Profitable Power Supply

Published By : 15 Jun 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Electricity is not like any other storable commodity. Even when it is stored using the most innovative way, some part of it is lost in the process of storing and releasing it when the time or cost of the commodity is right. Thus researchers are constantly leveraging their efforts towards finding the most cost-effective, reliable, and effective mechanism for storing this entity, which is finding demand at a mounting pace on a global front.

There are many factors that make the need to find effective electrical energy storage mechanisms pressing in the present scenario, including:

  • The rising demand for uninterrupted electricity supply in developing parts of the globe where the industrial sector is flourishing
  • The emergence of intermittent power supply sources such as microgrids that source power from renewable power sources such as wind power, solar power, nuclear power, and hydraulic power
  • The need to cut down on the mounting costs of power outages
  • The rising demand for good quality power supply from the urbanized and digitally up-to-date consumers in developing economies

All these factors are collectively putting heightened pressure on the electricity production and distribution industry and utilities are leveraging their efforts at making the challenge of real-time balance of demand, supply, and storage of electricity more efficient for the consumers and cost-effective for themselves.

Many electrical energy storage mechanisms have surfaced in the past few years to handle the issue in a reliable and effective manner and many have demonstrated effective results as well. In present times, the electricity energy storage technology of flywheels is gaining an unprecedented level of attention from the electricity demand, supply, and storage sector.

Flywheels are the machines that store energy from the circular momentum of a spinning mass. During the charging of flywheels, the flywheel is spun up by a motor that works on electrical energy. During discharging of flywheels, the same motor acts as a generator and produces electrical energy from the rotational energy of the flywheel.

One of the major factors leading to the high popularity of flywheels is their high service life, which can be extended to several hundred thousand full charge and discharge cycles with proper design, and the extremely low need for maintenance. 

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