VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch of the Ricardo TorqStor high-speed flywheel energy storage concept at the CONEXPO 2014 show in Las Vegas on March 4 – one of the key events in the international construction industry calendar – underscores the potential value of this low-cost, fuel-saving solution in the construction sector. Ricardo's unique TorqStor technology combines a modular, high efficiency, carbon-fiber composite construction flywheel with a magnetic coupling and gearing system to provide for a scalable range of energy storage capacities for different equipment applications. Its highly innovative magnetic coupling also enables the unit to operate in a permanently sealed vacuum and permits ease of in-field maintenance for high availability applications.
"We are immensely proud to launch the Ricardo TorqStor energy storage concept at CONEXPO 2014," commented Ricardo VP of Innovation David Rollafson. "While Ricardo has comprehensive technical and integration experience of a wide range of energy storage systems – from super-capacitors and electrical hybrids to accumulator based systems – we believe that the high speed flywheel offers a highly pragmatic and low cost approach to achieving real-world fuel savings in construction equipment operations."
In order to allow the adoption of this highly promising technology without delay, Ricardo is now accepting orders from OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers for pre-production units for delivery in the late spring of 2014. This will provide an early opportunity for detailed evaluation ahead of early series production. "To get the best from any energy storage technology – and in this respect TorqStor is no different – effective systems integration into the target equipment is vital for success," continues Rollafson. "This is an area in which Ricardo has an extensive track record and can assist."
Pre-production TorqStor units and display exhibit at CONEXPO
The pre-production prototype TorqStor units are based on a 200 kJ energy storage capacity with a peak power rating of 101 kW and internal flywheel speed of approximately 44,000 rev/min (subject to a total gear ratio of 22:1). The unit is compact, with a package volume of only 221 liters, and lightweight, at less than 100 kg excluding the interfacing hydraulic pump/motor.
Delegates wishing to see the TorqStor unit or to discuss their requirements for potential development and equipment integration projects should visit the Ricardo booth #40428, in Central Hall 2. Further information on TorqStor can be found here.
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