EVALUATION OF A FLYWHEEL-POWERED SHUTTLE CAR. FINAL TECHNICAL REPORT AS OF AUGUST 25, 1978

The objectives of this contract were to study and evaluate the practical application of flywheel-stored energy devices to shuttle cars in underground coal mining and to study and evaluate the most practical methods of charging, recovery, and transmitting flywheel energy so as to provide power for the necessary functions of a shuttle car. The general conclusions of the study indicate that the mine mission requirements can be fulfilled with a flywheel energy storage system which can be designed within the present state-of-the-art, that a flywheel system can yield sufficient economic benefits to warrant a mine demonstration, and that there is promise of safety improvements due to elimination of the trailing cable presently used. In addition, the study indicates that specific operation problems associated with a flywheel-powered vehicle, like emergency movement of the vehicle and transmission of energy from the wayside to the vehicle, can be satisfactorily solved. Specific studies leading to the above conclusions have been conducted, and a baseline flywheel energy storage system recommended. (ERA citation 04:023321)

  • Corporate Authors:

    General Electric

    Marine Turbine & Gear Engineer, 1100 Western Ave
    Lynn, MA  USA  01910

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Boucheron, P H
    • Cain, D E
    • Rubenstein, A S
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 335 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: ET-77-C-01-8890
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM