New materials and energy problems are increasing the feasibility of using flywheel energy storage systems to power personal automobiles. A promising concept appears to be the combination of the high specific power density of a flywheel with the high specific energy density of a small heat engine. A technical and fuel economy assessment of a small personal vehicle powered by a hybrid flywheel/heat engine drive system is presented. Technical evaluations indicate that a flywheel/heat engine system based on improved materials technology could serve as a practical vehicle drive. While somewhat limited in performance, the proposed system could produce significant improvements in fuel consumption rates. Technological advancements in materials and power transmission systems would make flywheel/heat engine systems even more attractive. (ERA citation 01:023601)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352

    Energy Research and Development Administration

    20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Loscutoff, W V
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

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  • Pagination: 48 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00146725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: E(45-1)-1830
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM