Mazda is a brand name that is known for leading the automobile industry with the novel ideas that incorporate innovative technologies with the dynamics of a vehicle. These days, when the depletion of natural resources has reached an alarming stage, the industry of vehicles had to rise to the occasion in terms of saving these resources rather than sucking it all up. Mazda as always has come up with a splendid solution of Brake energy regeneration system that will preserve energy in vehicles.
Mazda’s Brake Energy Regeneration System
When asked, an expert at the Riverside Mazda explained to us that the brake energy regeneration system followed by Mazda which they name as i-ELOOP stands for the process through which Mazda vehicles will continuously keep recovering the kinetic energy while decelerating and will reuse it in the form of electricity.
Brake energy regeneration system used by Mazda will save energy by converting the kinetic energy of a vehicle into electricity as and when the car keeps decelerating. That electricity is further stored for later usage that can power the headlights, the climate control, the audio system, or every other electrical part. This will eventually reduce the engine requirement to burn that extra amount of fuel to generate constant electricity. Hence this system worked out as wonder in improving fuel economy.
The term i-ELOOP from Mazda performs in three stages of functionality. It regenerates, stores and uses the electricity without using any extra fuel. The entire focus of the i-ELOOP is on the development about how to generate more electricity and store it as efficiently as possible. Through i-Eloop Mazda is utilizing a variable voltage alternator along with a low-resistant, high-capacity electric double layer capacitor (EDLC).
While the conventional alternator requires around 12 volts (V), Mazda’s i-ELOOP’s variable voltage alternator can vary in its output voltage that ranges from 12 V to 25V, resulting from the capacitor’s voltage level making it possible to supply electricity to the capacitor continuously.
The i-Eloop from Mazda capacitors store energy in the form of electricity and hence it can both charge and discharge great quantity of electricity in very less time unlike the regular batteries that work through chemical reaction.
The usage of Mazda’s i-Eloop even after prolonged usage need only little deterioration of the electrodes. With the help of the capacitors that it uses as the electricity storage device, the brake energy regeneration system of Mazda not only improves the fuel economy in the vehicle significantly, but also prolongs the life span of the lead-acid battery in the vehicles. Moreover, the capacitor that is used with Mazda’s i-ELOOP technology do not require heavy metals to work, but a certain amount of activated charcoal that work in an environment-friendly manner.
How it Works
As per the expert of the Riverside Mazda dealer with whom we discussed the i-Eloop technology, the brake energy regenerative system of Mazda known as i-Eloop recaptures the kinetic energy of a car at the time when it decelerates by releasing the accelerator pedal. The energy that previously used to go waste is reused with the help of a high-performance alternator which is driven by the rotation of the tires and in this process, it generates electricity that get transferred to the capacitor from there.