Friday, April 30, 2010

Magneti Marelli’s Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) product

Murata Electronics North America, a world-leading innovator in electronics and the largest global supplier of ceramic passive components,announced that its EVC series of multilayer monolithic ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are used in Magneti Marelli’s Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) product.

KERS, to be implemented in the 2009 racing season, stores energy that might otherwise be wasted when breaking and applies it to provide extra power on demand. The weight of the KERS is particularly important as the mass distribution inside the car can affect performance and even race eligibility. With weight and size being critical factors in racing, Murata’s EVC series is ideal because of its small footprint (L32mm × W40mm × T3.7mm) and advanced performance.

Formula One cars are considered high-tech laboratories for automotive innovations and the introduction of KERS to increase energy efficiency is no exception. Automakers around the world look to Formula One for greener technologies and other improvements that they can eventually incorporate into consumer vehicles.