First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant Announced For Europe
The first grid-connected hybrid flywheel project in Europe was recently announced by Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. SchwungradEnergie Limited, an Irish company, is behind the project and will collaborate with the Dept. of Physics and Energy at the University of Limerick. An American company, Beacon Power, is providing some support. Rhode, Co. Offaly (in the Midlands area) will be the site of the project.
€2.55 million from the European Commission Horizon 2020 was received in December of 2014 to support the work. The project has been selected by the Irish Trasmission System Operator, EirGrid, as a demonstration.