Formula One race cars are borrowing a concept used in hybrid vehicles, capturing energy from braking. Magneti Marelli's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System stores energy created during braking and applies it to provide extra power on demand. Some drivers feel it can improve speed by as much as much as 0.4 sec per lap. Magneti Marelli is using Murata Electronics' capacitors to store this energy. The EVC series' ceramic capacitors are small enough to squeeze in anywhere, measuring only 32 × 40 × 3.7 mm — helping reduce weight, which can impact balance and performance depending on the mass distribution inside the car.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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