ABB technology ensures energy efficiency in Formula E

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ABB technology ensures energy efficiency in Formula E
  • ABB Ability OPTIMAX energy management software to be fully implemented in Season 9
  • Innovative solution to monitor, analyze and optimize energy consumption at Formula E racetracks around the world


The innovative ABB Ability‚Ę OPTIMAX Energy Management software solution is expected to help increase the energy efficiency of racing operations in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship this year.

The all-electric racing series enters its ninth season this weekend in Mexico City with ABB as the official charging partner. Following successful tests during the eighth season, ABB Ability OPTIMAX is now being deployed in a real racing environment to enable more efficient energy use. Formula E engineers can use the software solution to monitor and analyze all race-specific energy consumption.

Up to 14 metering boxes will be set up at the venues to collect data on the current power consumption (kilowatts) of the teams and other race partners, as well as power consumption over a specific period (kilowatt hours). This information will be shared with race organizers via the Microsoft Azure Cloud. In addition, power consumption at the E-Prix sites as a whole will be monitored, including television broadcasting equipment, Fan Village E-Village, media center, catering facilities, paddock and team garages.

Daniela Lužanin, responsible for the partnership with Formula E at ABB, said: "Formula E has always been more than a race for ABB. It is a test bed for innovative technologies, and we want to continue bringing our solutions to the racing series. Energy efficiency is key to reducing emissions and meeting sustainability goals. That’s why ABB Ability OPTIMAX will be fully implemented this season to improve energy efficiency within the championship."

Formula E’s different road courses offer the additional challenge of having to use different power sources. ABB Ability OPTIMAX overcomes this challenge with a central dashboard that provides Formula E technicians with real-time visibility of all power consumption at the track, allowing them to improve overall efficiency, regardless of the power source.

Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle said, "We are the first sport to be net-zero certified from the start, and we are constantly looking for more ways to make the racing series as sustainable as possible. With ABB Ability OPTIMAX, we can better monitor our energy consumption and identify where there is potential for savings."

The opening race of the ABB FIA Formula E Season 9 starts on January 14 in Mexico City. The race calendar features 16 races in eleven world cities, including the new venues of Hyderabad, Cape Town, S√£o Paulo and Portland.