HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 5/5
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Storing the energy
Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 4:05:56 PM
NO RATINGS
Only 15 percent for moving the car forward. That's a shocker, Chuck. Does it really take 85 percent to run the air conditioner and the sound system?

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Storing the energy
Charles Murray   6/14/2013 4:01:51 PM
NO RATINGS
I don't know for sure, Rob, but I would suppose it's just an extra energy source, reducing the parasitic nature of your electrical features. It's said today that only 15% of the volume of your gasoline tank is used to propel a car forward, so if you have an additional electrical source, it can improve your fuel efficiency. Originally, I believe the idea of items like this one was to use the extra energy to run accessories, such as refrigeration units, on big trucks, particulaly in the military. Judging from what Liz is saying here, it appears to be making the transition to passenger cars now. Seems like it could be used to recharge the batteries in a hybrid or EV, too, but I don't know if that's happening.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Storing the energy
Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 3:29:38 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Chuck. What is the advantage of using the shock energy versus the energy coming from the alternator?

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Storing the energy
Charles Murray   6/14/2013 2:01:58 PM
NO RATINGS
Ultimately, Rob, I believe the idea is to store the current in the vehicle's battery. But the trick is to make sure the electrical current is usable by the battery, and so they have to filter it first to take out the voltage spikes that the shock aborbers produce. To do that, they probably use voltage regulators.

taimoortariq
User Rank
Gold
great innovation
taimoortariq   6/14/2013 11:47:40 AM
NO RATINGS
Great article Elizabeth. They have truly utilized the random bumping of the car quite effectively. And getting 1KW of energy from only 6 bumps seems like a very successful result.

PS like Rob, I am also wondering how are they storing the energy that is being produced.

 

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Innovative Thinking
Greg M. Jung   6/14/2013 10:50:54 AM
NO RATINGS
Great idea for taking a non-obvious energy generation opportunity and turning it into a reality.  Nice example of innovative thinking and clever application development that could be a break-through technology in the future.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Storing the energy
Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 10:01:29 AM
NO RATINGS
Nice article Elizabeth. How would the energy that is gathered be stored? what would the benefit of giving the alternator be? 

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Enhancing energy efficiency
naperlou   6/14/2013 9:49:50 AM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth, this is a great example of how engineers respond to problems to find solutions.  That is happened at MIT is not a suprise.  MIT has always had a policy that encourages the creation of patents from research at the school.  They have a generous program of sharing the revenue with the professors and students.  This enriches both the institution and the population.  Most other schools do not do this.  I have sat through presentations on some very innovative technologies at other schools and find that there is no attempt to patent the technology. 

<<  <  Page 5/5


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Mar 30 - Apr3, Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service