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University helps road users improve their vehicles fuel efficiency

3 September 09


The University of Bradford is aware of the extreme difficulties that many companies and organisations working in the automotive industry are facing in the current economic situation, and is holding a lecture in which people can learn more about road transport fuel efficiency through the new technology of Regenerative Braking.

With fuel prices rising again this year The 2009 Braking of Road Vehicles public lecture is a great chance for people to learn about new ways to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. With the current interest in low carbon vehicles, regenerative braking has become a topic of great interest amongst all vehicle designers.

The Braking of Road Vehicles short course runs every year and includes a Memorial Lecture to Professor Peter Newcomb who was a leading authority on brakes and braking systems. This year's Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday 10 September at 6pm in the University's Escalate Centre. The lecture will be presented by Jon Hilton, Managing Partner of Flybrid Systems LLP, and Chairman of the Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, on the subject of High-speed flywheel based kinetic energy recovery systems.

Regenerative braking is currently of great interest as a means of improving the fuel consumption of road vehicles, and flywheel based systems offer a practical and potentially cost-effective alternative to the electrical regenerative systems for motor vehicles which are part of the advanced technology on most 'Hybrid' cars. Governmental and consumer attitudes have recently changed towards the sustainability of transport systems, particularly road transport; the EC has reached a voluntary agreement with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) to reduce the average CO2 emissions to 140g/km by 2008 for all new cars in the EU, and 130g/km by 2012 - 'Euro V', which means producing more economical road cars. Regenerative Braking is going to help us achieve these targets and more.

Dean of the School, Professor Andrew Day, said: "As the organiser of the annual 'Braking of Road Vehicles' short course at the University of Bradford, I am pleased to welcome Jon Hilton to give this year's Memorial Lecture. Regenerative Braking is likely to be a very important technology over the next few years in providing a substantial improvement in road vehicle fuel efficiency. Jon Hilton has designed and developed the 'Flybrid' system which provides a compact and cost-effective technology for regenerative braking."

Lead researcher, Isaac Lyne, said: "This is a great new opportunity to link the interest that DES is now taking in UK regeneration with its long standing activity within international development programmes."

3 September 09

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