A major challenge of our time is to find clean, economically viable and reliable ways of providing energy. With the special exhibition energie.wenden, the Deutsches Museum is addressing this global issue. The exhibition explains how energy is generated, stored and distributed, as well as energy requirements and utilization, and places these topics in an historical and global context.
A castor is a dry cask transport and storage container for spent fuel elements. The modern V/19 container is 6 meters high and can accommodate 19 fuel elements. To guarantee safety, it is made of multiple layers of shielding materials and must be capable of withstanding a drop from a height of 9 meters without damage.
This transformer is part of the smart grid. It automatically regulates the fluctuating feed-in from solar-power plants and wind turbines: the transformer raises or lowers the voltage depending on the situation which stabilizes the grid and thereby maximizes the production of renewable sources of energy.
Compared to other storage systems, flywheels provide a high output within the shortest amount of time. In this model, a 60 kilograms cylinder made of carbon fibers spins at a speed of 45,000 rotations per minute so that for 216 seconds up to 60 kilowatts is available. The response time is less than 0.1 seconds.
Deutsches Museum, Munich
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