RPM (Regenerative Power
& Motion) is developing an eco-friendly flywheel power storage and
regeneration system, having practically zero idling losses, ultra-efficient
power transfers (motor/generator ~99% and power electronics ~96%) and ultra-high
It will not need maintenance over its entire (20-year warranty) life.
So its flywheel can be installed in a safe site, where it won't need servicing
like others. Its electronics can be accessed directly and remotely,
for setting control options and status monitoring. Its smart power
electronics, contactless levitated integral rotor, and advanced manufacturing
processes, will facilitate safe dependable on-site power. It will
enable dependable power on demand and greater energy yields, from clean,
non-polluting, care-free, distributed on-site solar/wind power options.
Building-integral solar/wind power, with RPM's on-site power storage/regeneration,
can provide most future global power needs, for reliable, high-quality,
include carefree, virtually unlimited service life without maintenance,
far more reliable, clean, quiet, operable over wide temperature
range, on-site UPS (Uninterruptible Power Systems) for fast growth
(now $10 billion yearly) critical power needs. RPM's UPS will afford
profound advantages, over chemical battery storage and fuel-burning generators,
for critical manufacturing, hospitals, com-towers, etc. (which now sustain
$100 billion yearly losses due to power outages, sags, and spikes), plus
remote on-site solar/wind/UPS.
Versions for satellite
and space-craft installation, in addition to power storage/regeneration,
can also provide complete inertial pitch/roll/yaw control, from the same
flywheels and power electronics that provide power storage and regeneration.
Radial servos, that maintain flywheel centering, may also be used as torquers,
to control angular precession maneuvers. From a business perspective,
this potential market is very important, because unit price can be very
high, and thereby support income while cost reductions for terrestrial
markets can be implemented.
Vast future applications
include high-energy electric storage for on-site solar and wind power installations
($200 billion global market expected in RPM's 10th year) -- and even electric
highways that supply in-transit power to high-performance dual-mode EVs.
For more about RPM's technology,
how it can improve power quality, and how it can enable practical lower-cost
on-site solar and wind power -- and much more -- visit these links:
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Updated April 26, 2003