The paper, “Pulsed Power Loads Support and Efficiency Improvement on Navy Ships,” coauthored by Robert Hebner, John Herbst, and Angelo Gattozzi, presented by Dr. Gattozzi at the Electric Machines Technology Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 19-20, 2010, and published in the Naval Engineers Journal, Vol. 122, No. 4, pp. 23-32, in December 2010, addresses the use of energy storage and high speed power generation to support high power loads and at the same time reduce fuel consumption of DDG51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers.. Energy storage can supply pulsed energy loads and can be used to improve reliability and power quality by stabilizing the grid. It can also serve to improve ship efficiency by acting as an uninterruptible power supply, enabling single generator operation with a single gas turbine operating closer to its peak efficiency, rather than running two generator sets constantly at light load. In case of failure, the energy storage unit provides power for critical loads until a second generator set can be brought online.
Based on system modeling, fuel savings projections, and ship integration studies, a flywheel energy storage system was found to be a viable