New advanced large stationary MLC flywheel systems are being developed at the Williams Technology Centre in the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
MLC 200 is the name given to Williams Advanced Engineering's static flywheel system and is a high-power, high-cycling system which delivers clean electric power using high-speed composite rotors running on frictionless, maintenance-free bearings
The MLC 200 is designed to offer voltage support and regenerative energy recovery and reuse in wayside traction power systems and substations. The result is a reduction in energy costs and CO2 emissions and increased operating efficiency. Multiple flywheel systems can be operated in parallel to provide a combined output from 500 kW to 6 MW.
Electric Power Stabilisation
The MLC 200 electric flywheel system can be used to smooth fluctuations from supply grids, an important innovation that can help stem the increasing number of homes and businesses that are tied to electricity supplies from unstable grids, particularly in developing countries. It is also an important consideration for high-dependency power applications such as data centres and hospitals, where the loss of power could threaten business and care.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
As we work towards a sustainable future, renewable energy generation that is reliable and efficient will become increasingly important. Electrical energy must remain constant in order to maintain grid stability, but many existing renewable energy mechanisms such as wind power rely on intermittent sources that must be carefully managed. The MLC 200 electric flywheel system can be deployed in these areas to provide an effective resolution. Large stationary flywheels can be used to help smooth the outputs from renewable energy generation sources, providing fast response frequency regulation and short term demand peak shaving. This helps to strengthen electricity grids and can reduce the costs for regulation, operating reserve, storage, and provide a solution for load shedding.