Shaft-less, Hub-less High Strength Steel Flywheel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER86478
Agency Tracking Number: 98058
Amount: $745,768.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 71 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
Calnetix Technologies, Llc
23695 Via Del Rio, Yorba Linda, CA, 92887-2715
DUNS: 036250533
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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
 The Texas A&M University
 400 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy
College Station, TX, 77843-3406
 () -
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Flywheels are being implemented for frequency regulation by electric utilities but are suitable in a broader role of energy storage for greater effectiveness and acceptance of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Increasing 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 yielded (a) the building of a 4 kw-hr concept demonstrator flywheel, (b) a completed magnetic suspension proof of concept test rig for the flywheel, and (c) analysis and conceptual design of a 100kw-hr flywheel system.Phase II will yield (a) full speed testing of the complete 4kw-hr flywheel, (b) detailed design of a 100kw-hr flywheel to suit commercial applications, and (c) fabrication and testing of the 100kw-hr flywheel to validate performance for commercial applications.: 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, drillstrings, etc.

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