PARIS and JÜLICH, Germany, November 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Flywheel Energy Storage device DuraStor® to be installed near Paris EDF and STORNETIC have launched a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions. The project serves to assess the performance of flywheel energy storage technology facing the requirements of a modern grid environment. As part of the collaboration, STORNETIC is going to deliver a DuraStor® Energy Storage device to EDF by June 2017, which will be installed at the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris. The development of variable renewables has raised a lot of new requirements to generation facilities and grid operators. "We believe that energy storage solutions will play a key role in the upcoming transformations of the electrical systems. Thanks to the unique EDF experimental facility of Concept Grid, we are able to reproduce real distribution networks and test innovative electrical equipment in fully controllable conditions of operation. Thus, as one of the promising storage solutions, we are very excited to assess the performances of the STORNETIC technology regarding various applications such as renewables smoothing or frequency regulation" says Etienne Brière, Renewables and Storage Program Director at EDF's R&D. Full capacity over the complete lifetime The DuraStor® by STORNETIC enables grid operators to transform electrical energy into rotation energy and store it. It is a durable solution, designed for more than 1.000.000 charging cycles and retains its full capacity over its complete lifetime. It combines the advantages of mechanical energy storage, such as sturdiness and endurance, with the advantages of modularity and rapid installation. The device operates purely mechanically - without the use of chemicals - and is made of materials that are fully recyclable.