Kinetic Energy Recovery System, KERS
KERS stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery System. In short, what it does is to convert a part of the energy lost in braking and recovering it at a later point of time. Thus the KERS works under the law of conservation of Energy.
Parts of a KERS unit:
The various parts of KERS are
1. Braking system: This is the part from where the energy to be stored is collected,
2. Generator/Motor unit (GMU): This is used in the Electronic KERS where either the generator or motor will take over depending on whether the battery is being charged or discharged.
3. Flywheel: This is used in Mechanical KERS. It is used to store and release mechanical energy.
3. KERS control unit: This unit is provided apart from the control unit provided by Microsoft. This unit controls the signals and the levels on how much energy should be transferred from one part of vehicle to another, meaning the storing of energy and releasing of energy. It also performs an array of other operations.
4. Storage system: It is either the flywheel or battery, depending on which type of KERS is used.