Shaft-less, Hub-less High Strength Steel Flywheel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-11ER86478
Agency Tracking Number:
98058
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
71 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
Calnetix Technologies, Llc
23695 Via Del Rio, Yorba Linda, CA, 92887-2715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
036250533
Principal Investigator
 Suratkal Shenoy
 Mr.
 (562) 293-1685
 pshenoy@calnetix.com
Business Contact
 Suratkal Shenoy
Title: Mr.
Phone: (562) 293-1685
Email: pshenoy@calnetix.com
Research Institution
 Texas A&M University
 3123TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843-3123
 (979) 845-1251
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Flywheels are being implemented for frequency regulation by electric utilities but are suitable in a broader role of providing energy storage for greater effectiveness and acceptance of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Increasing the energy density is key to expanding the flywheels role in these areas.The proposed work will accomplish this goal via development and commercialization of a unique high strength steel flywheel design that provides mass based energy density competitive with composite flywheels and volume based energy density 3 to 4 times higher, while utilizing a more reliable material, being extensively characterized and documented in the open literature. This advance results from utilizing a shaft-less, solid wheel, to continuously vary the motor/generator gain achieves greater depths of discharge and shorter charge times. Phase I will yield (a) a detailed 4 kw-hr flywheel design that will be built and tested in Phase II at Texas A & amp;M, (b) a completed proof of concept test rig to show the new magnetic suspension of the flywheel, and (c) a strategic commercialization plan.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: If Phase II is awarded, future applications include (i) Frequency regulation at electric utilities, (ii) energy storage during curtailment periods at wind and solar farms, (iii) boost power source for high speed rail systems, (iv) regenerative braking for buses, trains, cranes, drill strings, etc

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