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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    11 Feb '09 00:45
    A team at MIT was looking at where energy was being wasted and they found one such: Shock absorbers use up some 10% of the energy of a vehicle and they built shock absorbers that actually generate one Kw of energy per shock!

    http://www.physorg.com/news153505357.html
  2. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    11 Feb '09 01:57
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    A team at MIT was looking at where energy was being wasted and they found one such: Shock absorbers use up some 10% of the energy of a vehicle and they built shock absorbers that actually generate one Kw of energy per shock!

    http://www.physorg.com/news153505357.html
    Amazing! Those kids are gonna be rich.

    It's interesting to note that the average house uses about 1-2 kW. Theoretically, a truck driver could carry a large battery with him, let the shocks charge it up during the day, and then come home and plug his house in! (There are some "challenges" with this approach obviously, but supplementing home power might not be so difficult...hey, a trucker can dream )
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Feb '09 14:22
    Originally posted by PBE6
    Amazing! Those kids are gonna be rich.

    It's interesting to note that the average house uses about 1-2 kW. Theoretically, a truck driver could carry a large battery with him, let the shocks charge it up during the day, and then come home and plug his house in! (There are some "challenges" with this approach obviously, but supplementing home power might not be so difficult...hey, a trucker can dream )
    And to top it off, these new shocks work better than the old style as shocks!