The rapid development of renewable energy sources and digital technologies are forcing a change in conventional electrical grids. Experts believe that to increase efficiency and reliability, to facilitate integration of sustainable energy sources a shift to Smart Grids is necessary. Smart Grid is the next generation of grid with high level of renewables penetration, decentralised energy production, automatic control and regulatory systems.
Transition to the Smart Grid should start with shift towards self-regulating microgrids, decentralisation of energy production and distribution, and integration of the next generation storage systems, like “Kinetic” Relatively small volumetric dimensions and low setup costs mean that “Kinetic” could be easily installed by the substations and power sources. Distributed placement allow it to automatically provide uninterruptible and efficient power supply from renewable and conventional energy sources.
Unique technological properties of a superflywheel (unlimited number of full discharge cycles, instant response time, operational safety) make “Kinetic” an ideal tool for automatic grid balancing, consumption and production peak levelling, frequency and voltage regulation. However, “Kinetic” not only increases efficiency of the existing energy sources, but also reduces transportation, storage, and distribution costs by eliminating the need for large-scale centralised infrastructure facilities and power lines.