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Design and analysis of kinetic energy recovery system for automobiles: a case study for commuters in Edinburgh.

Walsh, J, Muneer, Tariq and Celik, A N (2011) Design and analysis of kinetic energy recovery system for automobiles: a case study for commuters in Edinburgh. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 3 (1).

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Transport and its energetic and environmental impacts affect our daily lives. The transport sector is the backbone of the United Kingdom’s economy with 2.3 million people being employed in this sector. With a high dependency on transport for passengers and freight and with the knowledge that oil reserves are rapidly decreasing a solution has to be identified for conserving fuel. Passenger vehicles account for 61% of the transport fuel consumed in the U.K. and should be seen as a key area to tackle. Despite the introduction and development of electric powered cars, the widespread infrastructure that is required is not in place and has attributed to their slow uptake, as well as the fact that the electric car’s performance is not yet comparable with the conventional internal combustion engine. The benefits of the introduction of kinetic energy recovery systems to be used in conjunction with internal combustion engines and designed such that the system could easily be fitted into future passenger vehicles are examined. In this article, a review of automobile kinetic energy recovery system is presented. It has been argued that the ultracapacitor technology offers a sustainable solution. An optimum design for the urban driving cycle experienced in the city of Edinburgh has been introduced. The potential for fuel savings is also presented

Item Type: Article
Electronic ISSN: 1941-7012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transport; environmental impact; fuel conservation; electric powered cars; kinetic energy recovery systems; sustainability;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 4203
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 16:24
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 16:12
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4203

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