Revterra is bringing a new spin to energy storage for industrial and utility scale applications, such as storage of wind and solar energy, with the development of our ultra-low-loss flywheel energy storage system that is 20x higher in performance compared to current flywheels and comparable to lithium ion in power delivered at half the cost.
Current grid-scale energy storage technologies such as lithium-ion batteries make clean energy like solar and wind unclean due to their manufacturing methods and toxic byproducts. By introducing a highly efficient, low-cost, and clean alternative to lithium-ion batteries in industrial applications, Revterra will enable larger integration of renewables.
LEVELIZED COST OF STORAGE
Because flywheels do not have to be replaced over their lifespan, the levelized cost of storing energy with flywheels is substantially lower than lithium ion batteries. Our flywheels are magnetically suspended and there is no wear and tear to the system with extended use.
Round-trip efficiency is one of the standard measures of a storage system’s utility. It represents the percentage of energy that survives a full trip through the system. Modern magnetic levitation systems in a vacuum environments produce an incredibly low friction environment, but Revterra’s passively stable containment system provides an operating cost advantage over actively controlled systems.
Round trip efficiency
energy remaining after 24 hours
Revterra’s patented technology significantly increases the efficiency of traditional flywheel systems while avoiding the drawbacks of an active control/containment system. Revterra provides a safer, more stable no contact bearing system which ensures at least a 25 year lifetime of repeated full discharge cycles.
Revterra’s passively stable magnetic bearings allow for extraordinary system performance in comparison to competing technologies.
Passive magnetic Bearings
Energy storage is critical to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Flywheel energy storage is a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to ensure renewable power availability 24/7.
Peak power demand requires costly and polluting natural gas plants. Energy storage systems can replace these.
Modern data centers require a smooth and uninterrupted supply of power for operation. Flywheels can supply instant power in the event of an outage with a small footprint.
Delocalized microgrids are emerging in developing countries, powered by renewable energy sources. Energy storage systems can turn these into a reliable and robust infrastructure.
“Think outside the battery!”
See our interview with Houston Exponential on Revterra’s flywheel energy storage technology for utility-scale applications.
Ben Jawdat, Founder/CEO
Dr. Jawdat is the founding CEO of Revterra. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Houston in 2015, and completed postdoctoral studies at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Rice University. He brings his technical expertise in superconductivity and cryogenic systems, as well as his experience in R&D and intellectual property.
Jason Pollock, Lead Engineer
Mr. Pollock is a thermal and mechanical engineer who has worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, electric car startup Faraday Future, and NAVSEA contractors. As lead engineer he works on the design and integration of components within a rapid prototyping environment.
Prof. Wei-Kan Chu, Technical Advisor
Prof. Chu is a Professor of Physics at the University of Houston Texas Center for Superconductivity and has extensive publications and expertise in the field of superconductor-based devices including HTS based magnetic bearing systems, with over 20 issued patents.