APPLICATIONS OF KINETIC ENERGY STORAGE TO TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

The recent rediscovery of the flywheel as an effective energy storage system, coupled with the growing public and government awareness of the need for energy-efficient passenger vehicles, has led to a resurgence of development activity in kinetic energy storage systems. Programs are currently underway by UMTA and DOE which will make use of pure flywheel and flywheel-assisted propulsion for a wide range of vehicles including subway cars, commuter trains, transit buses, passenger automobiles, and postal vans. The background and status of these ongoing activities is described, along with other planned flywheel applications, such as the recuperation of braking energy from freight trains on long downgrades.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  United States  27706
  • Authors:
    • LAWSON, L J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00190277
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM