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Successfully Incubating Technology - Flywheel Energy Storage

Williams Hybrid Power, part of the Williams Group of companies from 2010 until 2014, is a primary example of Williams successfully incubating and then spinning off Formula One bred energy efficient technology.

Williams Hybrid Power was initially engaged in developing a flywheel energy storage system for Williams' 2009 Formula One car. Whilst this flywheel system was never used in Formula One, Williams' continued investing in the technology because of a strong belief in its wider commercial potential.

The technology was first validated in motorsport:

A key market for flywheel energy storage technology is the public transport sector. This technology can save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% in a city bus for example. WHP worked with leading partners in the public transport field to test and validate the technology:

With the flywheel technology successfully validated and ready for volume manufacture, Williams sold WHP to engineering company GKN in April 2014 in a multi-million pound deal. It is Williams' technological creativity and speed to market that has allowed this technology to be incubated successfully, with GKN having the resources to manufacture and market the product on a global scale.