Williams F1 and Kinetic Traction Systems partner to advance composite flywheel energy storage technology for rail and grid applications
Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited (Williams F1) and Kinetic Traction Systems, Inc. (KTSi) have signed a long-term cooperation Agreement to advance and promote innovative, clean flywheel-based energy storage and recycling systems for mass transit rail and grid applications.
Originally intended for use in the Kinetic Energy Recover Systems of its racing cars, Williams F1’s subsidiary, Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) has developed high-performance, lightweight mobile flywheel energy storage systems. These incorporate its patented Magnetic Loaded Composite (MLC) technology which gives the systems their high cycling ability and high-power characteristics. WHP’s mobile flywheel systems have been successfully applied in applications such as the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid. (Earlier post.)
KTSi’s proprietary stationary GTR flywheel systems, which leverage WHP’s MLC technology, capture braking energy of trains to increase performance, reduce electrical energy consumption, and lower carbon emissions for metro transit agencies around the globe.
The cooperation agreement will see Williams F1 market and support KTSi’s GTR flywheel systems in the rail and electrical grid sectors under its own brand in Europe, the Middle East and India. The two companies will work to globally promote composite flywheel technology.
The co-operation will also see further development and enhancements to the GTR undertaken by Williams F1’s energy storage team based at the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar. Complementing the GTR and using common technology, the Qatar-based team is currently developing a larger stationary MLC-based flywheel energy storage system that will offer particular energy and power characteristics broadening the range of applications in the rail and electricity grid sectors that can benefit from flywheel energy storage.
This co-operation combines Williams F1’s capabilities and experience with flywheel design and development with KTSi’s technology and experience with stationary systems for the rail and electric grid market. With both companies commercializing flywheel energy storage based on common MLC technology, aligning our engineering, development and marketing makes sense.—Alex Burns, CEO of Williams F1