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.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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