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dc.contributor Marbach, Timothy en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Tang, Hong-Yue en_US
dc.contributor.author Lausterer, Maria Loise Lani
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-15T17:45:46Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-15T17:45:46Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-15
dc.date.submitted 2020-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/217474
dc.description Thesis (M.S., Mechanical Engineering)--California State University, Sacramento, 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract Renewable energy technology such as solar energy has variable outputs. Examples of variable outputs are situations where there is cloud coverage or there is not a balance between supply and demand. Energy storage, specifically a flywheel, has great potential for smoothing out the power supply from solar panels and trying to balance fluctuating energy. Flywheels have been around for centuries to serve as a means to store energy. A flywheel power plant can power a city, but if the plant were to stop supplying energy, the entire city would be affected. If each house had its own flywheel and one unit were to stop working, the other flywheels would not be affected and would therefore continue running. The primary goal of this research is to design an optimized flywheel and solar panel unit based on the amount of energy production needed. The components optimized are the size and geometry of the flywheel based on energy consumption data of a house in Sacramento, California. According to SMUD, the average yearly energy consumption of a residential home in Sacramento is about 10,000-kilowatt hour. Based on this value, a flywheel made out of either 1026 carbon steel or T1000G/epoxy with the dimensions 36” ID by 48” OD by 48” in height will both be able to reach the energy consumption value so long as there are 129 and 10 units respectively. The flywheel is designed to be coupled with a solar panel. The flywheel stores excess energy from the solar panel and uses it to provide energy to the home when the solar panel cannot provide a sufficient amount. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Mechanical Engineering en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Renewable energy en_US
dc.subject Energy storage system en_US
dc.subject Kinetic energy en_US
dc.title Optimizing a flywheel for residential use in Sacramento en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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