April 9, 2015
New flywheel technology is released for a new energy opportunity for energy capacity when wind and sun are unavailable. The flywheel is reported to be the unlimited capacity storage technology.
“Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could “revolutionise” the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks reported in “New energy storage plant could ‘revolutionise’ renewable sector.”
The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply shortfalls.
“The project in Rhode, County Offaly, is expected to launch commercially in 2017,with an operating capacity of 20MW. Although the system will initially feed off all energy in the grid – clean and dirty alike – it has the potential to resolve the transmission system operators’ dilemma of how to store large amounts of energy created during windy or sunny conditions for instantaneous use when the weather changes.”