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Flywheels: A Cleaner Way of Stabilizing Our Electricity Grid

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 21, 2013 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Dec 11, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Beacon Power pushing the envelope and creating a more resilient utility grid with large-scale flywheel power storage Schematic of Beacon Power's Energy Smart 25 flywheel. Photo Credit: Beacon Power After I wrote last week about a company developing power grid electrical storage systems using lithium-ion battery technology, a reader alerted me to another, very different approach for storing electricity to make the utility grid more stable and resilient : flywheels. We've written before about flywheel electrical storage for use in data centers to provide instantaneous back-up power that can last for a few minutes until back-up generators can be started up. But I had not been aware of utility-scale projects that were in operation. read more






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