Suspension System Turns Road Bumps Into Harvestable Energy
What if you could turn all the bumps and jerks during a car ride into usable fuel?
Claimed to be the world’s first active suspension system with an energy recovery function, GenShock is a small device that contains its own control system, electric motor, and electro-hydraulic gear pump.
When there’s a surplus of motion created by actions like braking or driving over rough spots, the suspension system’s fluid is pushed through the pump, which drives the electric motor. The system then converts that kinetic energy into electricity, effectively reducing carbon dioxide emissions and feeding the energy back into the car’s electrical system. The rougher the terrain, the more energy that GenShock can generate and loop back into reusable power.
Designed for passenger cars by ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Levant Power Corp., the system will hopefully find an automaker that will take a chance on this new eco-friendly technology and put it on the road in the near future.