Stockport-based KAST Energy has joined forces with electric motorbike team Duffy Motorsport to bring on-site renewable energy powered racing to the Isle of Man and Europe’s MotoE championship.
KAST Energy will use its expertise in solar energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging to develop a race paddock charging system for Duffy Motorsport’s race entries. A solar array and energy storage unit will form the heart of a system that will harvest energy over the course of a race event.
Currently, power for the electric race bikes is provided by diesel generators or the local grid system, involving the burning fossil fuels. Providing energy for the bikes with a renewable source of energy ensures 0 per cent emissions racing.
The partnership will be looking to take on the races around Europe in 2019, including the famous Isle of Man TT, a 37.7 mile course that pushes the electric motorbike to its limits. The target for the system is to meet the team’s charging needs and improve charge times by up to 66 per cent during the season.
In a statement, KAST Energy said: “The coming together of the two businesses really shows the power of collaboration in the electric racing world to move forwards with development and true zero carbon emissions racing.
“Joining Duffy Motorsport for the 2019 TT Zero and MotoE Championship was an easy choice. Kes Scott, the managing director of KAST Energy, is an avid TT fan, marshall and privateer sponsor.”