Chapter 10

Flywheels

Donald Bender    System Surety Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories, California, United States of America

Abstract

In use since ancient times, the flywheel has smoothed the flow of energy in rotating machinery from small, hand-held devices to the largest engines. Today, standalone flywheel systems are being developed to store electrical energy. These systems are deployed in applications as diverse as uninterruptible power supplies, gantry cranes, and large research facilities. The chapter presents the technical foundation of flywheel design, a comparison with other energy storage technologies, and a survey of applications where flywheel energy storage systems are currently in service.

Keywords

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