Flywheel Energy Storage

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Data center backup power
Energy Storage
flywheel
UPS
Flywheel energy storage systems have been promoted as a more efficient, 'greener' alternative to batteries in data center Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) applications. WIll these devices ever take a significant portion of the market away from the chemical battery industry? Will hybrid systems become more popular? Why or why not?

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Flywheels as a mode of battery have been around close to a century. They’ve been used by trolleys in Europe. They are already used in space where there is no friction. New technologies are making them more useful in orbit, but there are problems with using them in mobile applications. Here’s a link to a good discussion. Inside are links to several more articles.
As far as chemical based batteries being overtaken by anything else in the near future, is doubtful. There’s just a lot going on in that space.
Aside from managing momentum better flywheels depend on novel materials that would reduce friction (superconductors are one area) Some of these same advances are sought in chemical battery operation.

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