Development of Next-Generation Composite Flywheel Design for Shock and Vibration Tolerant, High Density Rotating Energy Storage

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$489K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Rd Array
Albany, NY 12205
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 160 J. J. Pickle Research Campus
Austin, TX 78758
Institution POC

Abstract

The university and industrial team assembled by MiTi proposes to demonstrate the viability of using an advanced low cost out of autoclave composites manufacturing process for application to high speed composite flywheel energy storage systems. Besides conducting appropriate materials testing of the new process, testing of a high-speed titanium flywheel simulator system weighing over 200 lbs will be operated to demonstrate the capabilities of the shock tolerant foil bearing support system while spinning. Finally, fabrication and test of a prototype wheel using the out of autoclave process will be conducted