Tullahoma, TN – Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, LLC (GTL), an aerospace engineering research and development company, is using funding from a recently-awarded USDA grant to modify the company’s aerospace KineticCore Flywheel Energy Storage (K-FES) technology to allow rural, small to mid-sized farmers and ranchers to inexpensively store energy from solar panels and wind turbines without the use of chemical batteries.
Chemical batteries are traditionally used in renewable energy systems to store energy created at peak production times for use when renewable energy is not fully available (at night, cloudy or low wind). However, the initial cost of using these batteries paired with their relatively short operational life presents the need for a cheaper, more efficient energy storage solution. GTL plans to adapt their K-FES units to address this need.
GTL’s compact, flywheel based “kinetic battery” offers the potential to reduce the initial cost of a renewable energy microgrid with energy storage by up to fifty percent. Furthermore, the K-FES unit provides nearly twenty times the operational life compared to chemical batteries. This creates substantial savings over time by not having to replace batteries every 3-5 years. “The key to successful integration of renewable energy systems into rural communities is cost reduction,” said President Paul Gloyer. “Smaller farms may not necessarily have the budget required to afford the high initial and recurring equipment costs associated with using traditional chemical batteries.”
GTL believes that the integration of its K-FES Kinetic Battery will create affordable renewable energy systems for rural communities. This aligns with the USDA’s goal of “assisting rural communities in creating prosperity so that they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving,” and reducing the environmental impact of fossil fuel power generation.
For more information on GTL’s Flywheel technology, please visit: https://www.gtlcompany.com/products-services/emerging-technologies/#Power-Storage
Formed in 2004, GTL is headquartered in Tullahoma, TN with additional offices in California, Colorado, and Utah. GTL is a high-technology company that specializes in providing transformational technologies to the aerospace industry such as composite cryogenic tanks, integrated airframes, specialty structural composites, aerospace system design and analysis, combustion stability analysis, launch vehicle technologies and advanced flywheel systems for power storage.