The ARES system puts vehicles in a queue on a single track
The ARES system uses electric locomotives as a form of energy storage
The ARES pilot vehicle axles are each driven by a high efficiency motor/generator via a low friction carbon fiber belt
The ARES Tehachapi pilot track with the orange conductor rail on the left
ARES Co-Founder William Peitzke standing next to pilot project vehicle
The electric bays of the ARES pilot vehicle
We’ve recently looked at ocean-based energy storage system concepts from MIT and Subhydro AS that are designed to overcome the intermittency problems of renewable energy sources like wind and solar by pumping water out of large tanks and using gravity to let it back in and generate electricity when needed. Santa Barbara, California-based company Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES) has come up with a land-based alternative that would provide grid scale energy storage using electric locomotives.
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