Investigation of joint operation of a superconducting kinetic energy storage (flywheel) and solar cells

Istvan Vajda, Zalan Kohari, Laszlo Benko, Victor Meerovich, Wolfgang Gawalek

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Superconductors provide unique possibilities for storage of electricity, which is especially important for the reliability of networks supplied by renewable energy sources such as solar energy and wind energy. A system consisting of an HTS-based levitated flywheel as the energy storage unit and solar cells as the power supply was installed and investigated as a model of a viable variant of the mini-power plant concept. Measurements were performed to obtain information about relevant storage characteristics such as efficiency and stability. Possibilities of fitting the storage unit to the solar supply were also investigated in order to get maximum charge and discharge efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2169-2172
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2003
Event2002 Applied Superconductivity Conference - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20029 Aug 2002


  • Kinetic energy storage
  • Photovoltaic cells
  • Separation of loss components
  • Superconducting levitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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