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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; Celik, Ali Naci


J Walsh

Ali Naci Celik


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


Walsh, J., Muneer, T., & 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,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2011
Electronic ISSN 1941-7012
Publisher AIP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Keywords Transport; environmental impact; fuel conservation; electric powered cars; kinetic energy recovery systems; sustainability;
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