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The Poet Writes....Flywheel Energy Storage

Wouldn't it be totally poetic if after all the struggles we have been through in terms of energy resourcing, we-  you and I, could tap in to renewable energy, save money and help heal a very challenged economy?

 A poet of engineered solutions with long vision and I talked about this just this afternoon. He's no ordinary guy. To his way of thinking, meeting energy demands without having to go very far from home is, to quote him,  "a no-brainer...well, except for the big anchors of the Status Quo." 

I asked him about his startling conclusion. "Simple, " he told me, "ONE WORD...FLYWHEEL."  

His "ONE WORD" brought to mind the pinwheels I used to play with as a kid.

That couldn't be the solution ... 

So I spun on over to  Wikipedia.  and discovered  "Flywheel Energy Storage (FES) works by accelerating a rotor to a very high speed and maintaining the energy in the system as inertial energy.

 Advanced flywheels are made of high strength carbon-composite filaments that spin at speeds from 20,000 to 100,000 rpm in a vacuum enclosure. Magnetic bearings are necessary; in conventional mechanical bearings, friction is directly proportional to speed, and at such speeds, too much energy would be lost to friction."

That's a photo of one working at NASA (photo courtesy of Wikipedia) 

So where will this lead? Here in North Carolina, we are beginning to work on renewable enrgy sources. Maybe where we adventure in 2009 and beyond is up to US.
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Advanced flywheels...where will this lead?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

Wow...that would be something huh?

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

Sally~

Total poetic justice....if after all the struggles we have been through in terms of energy resourcing, we-  you and I, could tap in to renewable energy, save money and help heal a very challenged economy...am I dreaming?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

The high cost of fuel this past year did serious damage to our economy and society. After a brief reprieve gas prices are inching back up again. Our nation should not allow other nations to have such power over us and our economy . We have so much available to us in the way of technology and free sources of energy. WE seriously need to get on with becoming an energy independent nation. We are spending billions upon billions in bail out dollars. Why not spend some of those billions in getting alternative energy projects set up. We could create clean cheap energy, millions of badly needed new green jobs and lessen our dependence on foreign oil all in one fell swoop. I just read an eye opening book by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009. It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to drive and charge an electric car.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Why don't we use some of the billions in bail out money to bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil? This past year the high cost of fuel so seriously damaged our economy and society that the ripple effects will be felt for years to come.  www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

 

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

~~ I am not sure who you are, but I appreciate that you noticed my post on flywheels and expressed this sentiment:

"This past year the high cost of fuel so seriously damaged our economy and society that the ripple effects will be felt for years to come..."

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

An elegant solution I think. One of the gifts we have is the ability to think creatively. This is a fine example of using that gift for a change.

Posted by Deb Hurt, ABR, e-Pro,Green, TRC (Realty Pro Albuquerque) over 9 years ago

Deb~ 

You make an outstanding point: " One of the gifts we have is the ability to think creatively..."

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

Has your friend done anything to market his concept regarding fly wheel energy as a resource - is it being used beyond NASA?  Curious about the cost to produce the system itself and, if expensive, the length of time to recoup the initial investment relative to new home construction.  Ex., geo-thermal systems as a heating source being more expensive on the front end, but can start to pay-off in not so many years.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) over 9 years ago

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