Adap­tive

Bal­anc­ing

The inter­view with Dr. Hen­drik Schaede-Boden­schatz, founder of Adap­tive Bal­anc­ing Pow­er GmbH in Darm­stadt, is a suc­cess sto­ry that needs to be told and heard. From the inspi­ra­tion after an obser­va­tion, to the strin­gent devel­op­ment of the com­plex prod­uct, to the launch of the pow­er­ful ener­gy stor­age units, the aim here is to out­line that engage­ment and tech­no­log­i­cal striv­ing can lead to an eco­log­i­cal nimbus.

Dr. Hen­drik Schaede-Boden­schatz und Nico­lai Meder 

Foto: Den­nis Möbus

About eight years before the found­ing of Adap­tive Bal­anc­ing, you were already look­ing more close­ly at fly­wheel ener­gy stor­age tech­nol­o­gy. In 2012, the first com­mer­cial­ly viable fly­wheel ener­gy stor­age sys­tem was launched. How would you describe the first steps in this development?

In fact, and this may sound curi­ous, it all began with a white sheet of paper. But the designs that emerged on it were not just the the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tion of a fourth-gen­er­a­tion fly­wheel mass stor­age sys­tem. They also showed that the the­o­ry could become a tan­gi­ble real­i­ty. Quite in con­trast to the NASA, which had pre­vi­ous­ly tack­led the same sub­ject but remained unsuc­cess­ful in prac­tice, as we learned lat­er. You can imag­ine that such a real­iza­tion gives you an addi­tion­al boost of moti­va­tion, so we con­tin­ued to work on it very inspired.

Besides ide­al­ism, an essen­tial part is the busi­ness vision. From today’s per­spec­tive, what ist an con­crete exam­ple for the basis for imple­ment­ing the idea? We’re talk­ing about prac­ti­cal uses.

We rec­og­nized the great­ness of the high-per­for­mance ener­gy stor­age sys­tem — lit­er­al­ly. Let’s take the exam­ple of a car fleet, com­mer­cial vehi­cles such as trucks, or bus­es for pub­lic trans­port. In these areas, there is an immense demand for high charg­ing pow­er sev­er­al times a day or often simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. To meet this demand, ener­gy stor­age sys­tems are required that can trans­fer a lot of ener­gy in the short­est pos­si­ble time. Even one stop of a metro bus at a sta­tion can be used effec­tive­ly to pro­vide long-range “refu­el­ing”. If they’re strate­gi­cal­ly placed, sev­er­al charg­ing sta­tions can thus ensure that the range of a bus is mul­ti­plied. In this way, we can use small­er bat­ter­ies in the bus­es, save a lot of mon­ey and increase sustainability.

The fact that an ener­gy turn­around is becom­ing nec­es­sary is not a phe­nom­e­non of mod­ern times. How­ev­er, the pace toward ener­gies for mobil­i­ty has increased rapid­ly, and the demand for short charg­ing times and choice of charg­ing sta­tions in urban and rur­al areas is also cre­at­ing a par­a­digm shift. Do you agree here, or would you put it more precisely?

I would sum it up in a few words: Hav­ing ener­gy and pow­er in the right place at the right time. Because that is essen­tial if e‑mobility is to become more attrac­tive. How­ev­er, it must also be empha­sized that eco­log­i­cal as well as eco­nom­ic aspects are of cen­tral impor­tance here. Con­vinc­ing per­for­mance thus comes into focus, just like the sus­tain­abil­i­ty or the life cycle of an ener­gy stor­age sys­tem. Our Fly­wheel ener­gy stor­age sys­tems have an effi­cien­cy of around 92 per­cent, which puts them at the fore­front of this segment.

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