Most of my job consists of keeping track of energy. If I know how much energy I have coming in I can figure out how much energy I need to have going out. Then I can properly size a pump or heater or chiller, and tell the electrical engineers how much energy they need to give me to make my energy balance work. Energy is an interesting thing. It’s neither created or destroyed. It just is. It gets converted into many forms (motion, light, heat, electricity). So, when I see comparisons like the one above, from Brembo’s Facebook page, it strikes a chord with me. You see, according to Brembo, in one lap of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the GP Montreal a Formula 1 car will convert enough energy into heat and electricity (for KERS) from its brakes to power an electric scooter around the 4.361 km course four times. After all, it’s just energy.
[Image Credit: Brembo]