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GenShock suspension system could generate electricity as you drive

By Shawn Knight · 29 replies
Sep 2, 2013
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  1. Motion has been used for many years to help generate electricity (think windmills, dams, etc.) around the globe but soon, the technology could find its way into automobiles – joining other components like regenerative braking in the electric power-regeneration process.

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This is fantastic...
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,456   +1,735

    It can't beat the proverbial carrot...

  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,171   +3,263

    I can see it now, people are rating the quality of roads by amount of electrical power their shocks produce. First question is how much power would be required, before the road qualifies for resurface. And then another question. Would you want the road resurfaced, if your shocks produce less power afterward?
    Jad Chaar and BlueDrake like this.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    "A bumpier road will result in more movement of the damper and in turn, more electricity will be generated."

    Hahahahaha! :D Australians will have no need for fuel if this tech comes in!
    Steve likes this.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This would be good for off roading. But seriously, this is horrible for newly paved roads. I guess it can work in tandem with regenerative braking to produce power.
  7. Why not from aerodynamic? the hood is pushed at high speed, convert that push in electricity etc..
  8. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +105

    Nice concept in theory. Feel free to elaborate on your idea. :p
  9. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    This will be good in the Philippines but only in summer. Superhighway and roads in the Philippines are like the moon with so many craters and bumps. In the rainy season this would not be useful unless it could float the car. :p
    misor likes this.
  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +229

    Btw, fred flintstone's car is 'self-generating'. :)
    on real-world science, maybe tesla car or other techs such as the hybrid car can use this 'genshock' electricity technology.

    (if GPUs and CPUs are getting hotter, maybe someone will be able to make a power generation device to power something.
    EU is for green energy...maybe it should ban consumer GPUs with 'massive' power requirement to force GPU makers to release eco-friendly products.
    CPUs and RAMs have lower operating voltage than ever before so maybe its time for the GPU to follow suit.)
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,171   +3,263

    I think this idea would be better used on the side of an ocean liner. Those waves are never ending, up and down, up and down.
    misor likes this.
  12. Jotticage

    Jotticage TS Rookie

    Why not use the cooling fan to generate electricity?
    misor likes this.
  13. Extant

    Extant TS Member Posts: 22

    ... I have to get my head out of the gutter.

    First thought on this was, having sex in your car would generate electricity! But that's if the system works while the engine is off as well.
  14. hammer2085

    hammer2085 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Would not tires be better at this? Like if the cars move, tire rotate and electricity be produced?
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,171   +3,263

    Using the tires would be counter productive. Creating power with the tires would make them harder to rotate. The idea would be to use natural forces to generate power, such as solar, wind, or gravity. In the instance of moving automobiles, wind would create more drag than is useful for power generation.
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +422

    Many cars already no longer come with jacks because they also don't come with spare tires. So using the suspension system to raise and lower each wheel is of limited value as more and more cars come this way. Presumably a high tech car like this would likely be one of these.
    Hybrids like the Prius already use deceleration to generate electricity to put back into its system. Of course, it doesn't during acceleration or cruising because perpetual motion still isn't perfected.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,519   +2,312

    Yeah, it has been, (or at least damned near). Just shoot the car into space, and steer around high gravity potholes such as black holes. You can use the occasional star for a slingshot, but you may have to tap the gas a bit on the backside coming out....

    Nice try. Today's autos all all honed to airstream splitting perfection in wind tunnels.. I think the drag induced diverting the air flow would more than offset any capacity for power generation. Air is compressable, (as you likely already know), but it also creates more drag, the faster you go in a logarithmic manner. Go twice as fast, get four times the drag. Something along those lines.

    This sort of thing does work in jet engines. Which BTW, get the worst JP-6 mileage ever.

    Cooling fans on cars have had clutches for decades. The idea being airflow through the radiator is sufficient to cool the engine (above about 35MPH ?), and running the fan above a certain speed, just inhibits airflow and creates drag.

    In the case of bad roads, I doubt the electricity produced would offset the cost of suspension repairs. You're liable to have people aiming at potholes to charge the batteries.

    I just paid ten bucks for a "Cree" LED light bulb. I know that in ten years it will have paid for itself. Will I live that long? Anybody's guess I suppose.

    The more crap like this you pile onto automobiles, the higher the cost of parts and repairs will be. Not to mention exorbitant labor costs for much more complex repair work.
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  18. Near future:
    in Soviet Russia electric cars charge power grid
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,995   +2,882

    It's a step in the right direction but let's just get rid of the internal combustion engine altogether first. Our reliance on fossil fuels is ridiculous.
  20. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    Would be great in the UK with 99% of every road surface having a squillion potholes
  21. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    These shocks might be a little different though. We might not be spending a few hundred dollars to save a nickel every month is extra electricity, we might be spending the extra money to have an electric car with extra range.

    I assume these are meant only for electric vehicles, and if they are efficient enough to affect range they might be worthwhile.

    Why are we all talking about potholes? You can compress your shocks far more by just swerving back and forth. Imagine some poor sap in an EV with dead batteries swerving like a drunkard down the freeway so his shocks can put out enough juice to get him home. We'd all be driving like Indy cars on a warm-up lap :)
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,171   +3,263

    Because hitting potholes are more realistic than repetitiously swerving for *****ic reasons. In all honesty repetitiously swerving is probably only done while dogging potholes. So this begs the question, would you generate more power by hitting or swerving to avoid the pothole? I'm with captaincranky save Wear-and-Tear by avoiding the potholes, regardless which produces more power.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,519   +2,312

    You do realize those tires on Indy cars don't even last the whole 500 mile race, don't you?

    And it's not as if the tires that cross the finish line are going to be used the next Sunday.
  24. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    Well, first off, I was joking, but unless your road is more potholes than road I would think swerving back and forth would be a great way to make your shocks compress and release.

    Yeah, I know... I only used that example because the only time I've ever seen cars swerve back and forth across a lane is when race cars are getting ready for the green flag. I get it that Indy cars aren't swerving for the same reason.

    My bad on the sarcasm not being obvious enough I guess... :)
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,519   +2,312

    Surely you've heard of, "fighting fire with fire", haven't you?

    Here, I'll give you another more overt example:

    "I've endured warnings, bannings, and title strippings, just to be here with you, Mike"!;)
    misor and MilwaukeeMike like this.

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