Title

Flywheel Batteries: An Underutilized, Renewable Source of Energy for Tomorrow

Date

6-1-2017 9:15 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 9:30 AM

Location

NS 101

Department

General Science Honors

Session Chair

Philip Wade

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Energy Sources of the Future

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Philip Wade

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

As early as the Stone Age, humans have been using technology similar to flywheels for pottery, water wheels, and to power trains. A flywheel battery works by accelerating a rotor, or flywheel, and storing the rotational energy for use. Today, companies are experimenting with flywheel technology in ways as simple as toys to as complex as cars and spacecraft. Flywheel-powered cars save energy, are more efficient, and create less pollution, while presenting a safer option than typical battery-powered cars. While the batteries still produce emissions, their consequences are far less than the options currently embraced by society. As the technology improves, flywheel batteries will become an inexpensive, accessible, and long-term energy option. For a world in need of greener energy, flywheel batteries are the future.

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Jun 1st, 9:15 AM Jun 1st, 9:30 AM

Flywheel Batteries: An Underutilized, Renewable Source of Energy for Tomorrow

NS 101

As early as the Stone Age, humans have been using technology similar to flywheels for pottery, water wheels, and to power trains. A flywheel battery works by accelerating a rotor, or flywheel, and storing the rotational energy for use. Today, companies are experimenting with flywheel technology in ways as simple as toys to as complex as cars and spacecraft. Flywheel-powered cars save energy, are more efficient, and create less pollution, while presenting a safer option than typical battery-powered cars. While the batteries still produce emissions, their consequences are far less than the options currently embraced by society. As the technology improves, flywheel batteries will become an inexpensive, accessible, and long-term energy option. For a world in need of greener energy, flywheel batteries are the future.