STORNETIC is presenting a new energy storage system for wind farms. The German technology company’s flywheel energy storage solution lets wind-farm operators balance output fluctuations at their wind site long term.
“The volatility of wind power will mean major challenges for wind-farm operators in the future” explains STORNETIC Managing Director Dr Rainer vor dem Esche. “Our storage machine EnWheel allows output peaks to be absorbed, thereby making the output of entire wind farms more even and predictable.”
The EnWheel flywheel energy storage is able to absorb load changes in the range of milliseconds. The storages are designed for more than 100,000 load change cycles and maintain their full capacity over their entire lifecycle. They are particularly suitable for applications in which many fast load changes are required.
EnWheel is a mechanical energy storage, free from chemicals, and fully recyclable. It is a kinetic energy storage device that:
- Charges and discharges within seconds or minutes
- Is virtually wear and maintenance-free
- Is long-lasting capacity irrespective of the charging cycles
In the near future, the flywheel energy storage system will also be able to provide grid services in combination with wind power plants.
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