Flywheel Technology for Energy Storage and Increased Renewable Energy Generation with Williams Fomula One Grand Prix Advanced Engineering

Damien Scott recently set up and directs the Williams Technology Centre at Qatar Foundation’s Science & Technology Park. The opening of the Centre is part of a strategy to build a post-carbon economy in Qatar, developing and applying technologies beyond motorsport; technologies that have their origins in the hyper-competitive engineering environment of Formula One racing. Current programmes include high speed composite flywheel energy storage to support increased renewable electricity generation on the grid and the application of immersive vehicle simulation technology to improve road safety by radically changing the training and assessment of drivers. Possible applications include the Qatar Rail Project.

Before moving to Qatar, Scott held a diverse portfolio of responsibilities within Williams F1 including environmental strategy and technology commercialisation. In parallel he led commercial development at Williams Hybrid Power, a Williams F1 subsidiary which develops composite flywheel energy storage technology for a variety of applications beyond the motorsport sector. Prior to joining Williams F1, Scott held positions in the mining and legal industries.

Scott is also co-founder and Chairman of social enterprise oneleap and a founding Trustee of Mothers for All, a Southern African AIDS orphan charity. He taught applied physics at the University of Sydney where his research focused on large scale concentrating solar thermal power generation and atmospheric physics. He grew up in rural Botswana.