Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
Vibration and movement are emerging as sources of interest, and a team of MIT students recently found an innovative way to use these sources to create an energy-harvesting shock absorber for heavy-load vehicles.
The students have taken their invention -- for which they filed a patent last year -- and formed a company to sell and market it called Levant Power. The idea behind the technology is that the shock absorber can harvest energy from small bumps in the road even as it smooths out the vehicle’s ride more effectively than typical shock absorbers.
I was wondering if this could be employed on typical electric cars as opposed to just heavy load vehicles? This would both add to the drive range and improve efficiency as well. If it could be coupled into the regen brakes for charging the batteries that would be a nice possibly lower cost way to add shock energy into the batteries.
Making lemonade out of lemons by converting potholes to energy. A brilliant idea - wish I'd thought of it. With all the interest in generating energy from ocean waves, we completely missed the nearby source of motion we all drive which has very considerable force behind it. I can't wait to see these as a feature in all vehicles.