Kinetic Energy Recovery System

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  • Often Abbreviated as KERS
  • Essentially Regenerative Breaking but mechanical instead of electrical
  • Done in Formula 1 Cars Mainly
  • Can be done in bikes/human propelled vehicles
  • Can be hydraulic, pnuematic, or flywheel based
  • Flywheel methods use Clutchs to connect it when it is in the "store" state, and use a gear ratio to swap between charge and use cycles
  • Hydraulic works well with large vehicles (very useful for stop and go vehicles like curbside collection)

Use in Human Powered Vehicles



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  • FES a similar concept but for electrical energy storage

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