Flywheel energy storage

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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The use of a flywheel as an energy storage device is not new. The conventional heavy, metal flywheel as connected to the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine, is used as an energy storage device, releasing its energy in order to maintain momen... read more

KERS explained

Sunday, November 15, 2009
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KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM (KERS) EXPLAINED KERS is a collection of parts which takes some of the kinetic energy of a vehicle under deceleration, stores this energy and then releases this stored energy back into the drive train of the vehicle, p... read more

KERS at Le Mans

Monday, October 12, 2009
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Having looked last month at the McLaren Mercedes KERS system, this month we will investigate the use of energy recovery systems in La Sarthe, the home of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ACO (Automobile Club d’Ouest, organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hour... read more

KERS Success

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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The veil of secrecy which has surrounded Formula One’s most successful KERS system was partially lifted recently when Zytek Automotive were unveiled as motor and power electronics supplier for the Formula One KERS system as fitted to the 2.4 li... read more

KERS put to the test

Friday, August 14, 2009
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RET recently attended the 2009 UK Formula Student competition at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire. Of the total 87 teams from 16 countries, seven were in Class 1A, of which four were from the UK. Class 1A is the competition’s low ca... read more

The KERS of power

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Television coverage of this years Formula One races has captured some textbook examples of a KERS equipped driver out accelerating a conventionally powered car on the straight. And yet, as mid-season approaches no KERS equipped car has won a Formula ... read more

Italian solution

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Despite the promise that kinetic energy recovery has offered in Formula One, even several races into the new season very few teams are choosing to race it. And, of those that are, the favoured solution seems to be based on a motor/generator for energ... read more

The future

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Given current Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) rules for Formula One, teams have found that the centre of gravity height and weight distribution penalty is less when employing batteries as the storage medium rather than a flywheel. N... read more
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