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Five years ago, unused renewable energy was wasted and unable to be stored. Today, fuel cells, flywheels, and renewable energy batteries have all benefited from the unique properties of carbon fiber.
Right now, Zoltek’s carbon fiber felts are being used to store thousands of megawatts of energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels – storing this energy allows a power discharge to compensate for times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Flywheels using carbon composite rotors are able to store more energy than rotors using aluminum or steel.
Carbon fiber energy storage solutions balance energy output with demand and remove waste from energy generation. Zoltek’s engineers and industry partners can assist our customers with design concepts and can bring energy storage projects to reality.