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A good idea.

by critic411 / November 24, 2008 9:18 PM PST
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(NT) sounds like boot strap technology.
by James Denison / November 24, 2008 10:15 PM PST
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I guess I don't understand how it works...
by EdHannigan / November 24, 2008 10:26 PM PST
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but I am suspecting the energy gained equals the energy lost somewhere else in the system, so not very good. It would be nice to see an explanation fo how it works.

I wonder that no one is trying to reclaim the heat lost in running a hybrid engine to recharge.

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You know those little radios that you wind up?
by critic411 / November 24, 2008 10:36 PM PST
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by EdHannigan / November 24, 2008 11:05 PM PST
Conventional shock absorbers simply dissipate this energy as heat.

Have to think about that. Seems right, but I am unsure. Need a physics whiz here.
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Piezoelecrtrics or thermocouples perhaps?
by EdHannigan / November 25, 2008 1:55 AM PST
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I would think anything mechanical would result in a net loss of energy and not be using heat that would otherwise be dissipated.

But, as I said, need a phys whiz.

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by critic411 / November 25, 2008 1:56 AM PST

You're asking the wrong guy !!!

Mr. Wizard, Mr. Wizard !!!!

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(NT) Dr. Bill perhaps????
by EdHannigan / November 25, 2008 1:59 AM PST
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Need to account for the energy cost of manufacture, etc.....
by EdHannigan / November 25, 2008 1:58 AM PST

To make sure it's cost effective like they claim. That is often overlooked.

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More electricity from heavier vehicles ?
by grimgraphix / November 25, 2008 1:21 AM PST
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Interesting concept. I'd like to see how it works.

Simply making electricity from the movement of a shock will work... but to get more energy, the distance traveled by the mechanical power generation stroke of a shock would have to be increased... or large volumes of air would need to be compressed and passed through a generating turbine. But since a shock absorber is designed to limit bounce and travel of a vehicle as it moves, then it must be an interesting mechanism that both collects the energy and delivers a smooth ride. If that is the way it works.

Thanks for posting this interesting link.

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Dr. Bill...
by EdHannigan / November 25, 2008 10:46 PM PST
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Have anything to add?

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You know he's a medical Dr,
by critic411 / November 25, 2008 11:08 PM PST
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not of physics?

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(NT) True, but he knows a lot....
by EdHannigan / November 25, 2008 11:11 PM PST
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I'm not an enginear, but
by JP Bill / November 25, 2008 11:23 PM PST
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Neither me nor a "enginear" neither.
by drpruner / November 26, 2008 10:25 AM PST
I think this is the key to both devices:
"A processing device can be included to control the flow of electric energy from the linear generator to the battery."

If the intent is to recapture all the outgoing energy, then it's an attempt to build a perpetual-motion machine. It won't work; only mine does, and I'm keeping it secret. Happy
Seriously, with technology almost any small motion (kinetic energy) can be converted into a charging current (electrical energy) and stored in a battery (chemical energy). The Tufts and GA Tech devices should extend the miles driven. If the saving on the extension exceeds the cost of the device, we're home free. And, as the other link implied, anything that makes electric cars more attractive to the masses is a good thing.

Good catch, BTW. What got you to the Georgia site?
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What got you to the Georgia site?
by JP Bill / November 26, 2008 11:22 AM PST
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Thanks. I see your query; I always forget
by drpruner / November 26, 2008 11:31 AM PST

to be that specific.
BTW Cosby can't make jokes about his alma mammy anymore, now that Tufts is cutting-edge.

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