The Kinetic battery: a promising solution for companies that get stuck due to grid congestion

The increasing grid congestion in some regions is making it more difficult for companies to expand. In addition, in other parts of the Netherlands, there is a great need for flexibility thanks to the growth in the generation of solar and wind energy. In both cases, it is imperative to match energy supply and demand as efficiently as possible. Energy storage is an essential part of the solution. The kinetic battery, also known as the flywheel, is one of the promising storage technologies that the Fieldlab Industrial Electrification (FLIE) has researched in collaboration with QuinteQ Energy.

By using the QuinteQ flywheel, an infinite number of energy peaks and valleys can be stored and delivered. QuinteQ Energy – the Dutch developer and producer of the frictionless flywheel – and FLIE therefore started a study in the summer of 2021 into the most optimal application of this promising innovation. A feasibility study investigated which (industrial) partners in the South Holland region would benefit and be suitable for a future pilot installation of a flywheel, in order to accelerate the energy transition. Specifically, we looked at applications where the flywheel system (FESS) can offer great added value. In addition, it was examined whether the flywheel, in combination with other energy storage systems, such as a flow battery system, can support microgrids in industry on a large scale. Research was conducted into feasibility, the market, business cases, legislation and regulations and potential test and demo locations.

Resultaten

The feasibility study first looked for promising applications of the flywheel system. This study shows that the electricity needs of terminals at harbor cranes are a good case for the flywheel. The harbor cranes require significant power peaks during the lifting movements several times an hour. The flywheel appears to have the potential to supply the electricity needs of harbor cranes by means of peak shaving. With peak shaving, the peaks of your power consumption are supplied from the storage technology, so that less high power peaks need to be supplied from the grid. The flywheel is able to absorb these current peaks.

In this way, a large amount of CO2 emissions can be reduced at (inland shipping) terminals and transport rates can be lowered. In this case, the innovation makes it possible to take further steps in electrification with an existing grid connection, without the limited grid connection being an obstacle. So precisely in grid congestion areas, this industry can further electrify by using the flywheel.

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About the flywheel

The Quinteq flywheel is compact and small and can be easily moved in a 20ft container. In addition, it can handle many charging cycles, namely more than 350,000 cycles. The flywheel has low losses and a long service life (+30 years). Want to know more about this innovation? Click here.

Next steps

The FLIE aims to explore and eventually implement electrification solutions in order to achieve CO2 reduction in industry. The next step within this project is therefore to practically test the technology at a demo location. QuinteQ Energy is starting up these projects in collaboration with FLIE and is looking for companies – especially in South Holland – that are looking for suitable solutions for their electrification problem. Are you looking for a solution to your electrification problem within your organization? Then contact info@flie.nl.

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