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Reusing Energy with Regenerative Braking

Today is Wednesday. This means it’s time for Simple Solutions, weekly series of posts serving as a reminder about simple and effective technologies that can be used in production automation.

This week’s topic is Regenerative Braking.

There are electricity costs associated with running a motor that creates movement in a production system. When using brakes to stop this movement, heat gets released as a result of friction. As opposed to losing the energy in the form of heat, the motor can be used as a generator. This stops the system and converts created movement back into electricity.

This is a good example of a simple solution that can make a production system more sustainable and reuse energy stored in it.


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