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Newest recharging idea.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Brent, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Brent

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    #1 Brent, Mar 18, 2008
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    I thought I had hear all the ideas out there on recharging while driving, but here's something entirely new (from the Tesla Motors latest blog post):

    I suppose we might think up a few more in the same vein:

    1) Small children in car seats, gesticulating and foot-tapping passengers -- you might as well harness the potential energy of your ride mates.

    2) Side-mounted plungers activated with centrifugal force for twisty roads, along with shock absorber-generators on bumpy surfaces.

    3) Convection pipes to funnel cabin heat through a turbine; especially useful for hot days.

    4) ?
     
  2. TEG

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    I had heard the idea of using shock absorbers to generate power.

    I have seen some prototype stop signals that are powered by generators embedded in the road (getting power from the movement of cars on the road above).

    I guess we can blame Ed Begley, Jr. and his exercise bike that makes toast!
     
  3. Cobos

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    Most of these ideas are pretty silly, but there are a few that might have some merit.
    I've read about using the shock absorbers, and that is a real tech. How usefull that actually is, i don't know.
    In Norway for house heating the green tech to use is heat pumps (I'm not quite sure what it's called in english, but basically reversed refrigerator) as PV don't work as well and we don't have a tradition for very small wind turbines. As you say if there is a big heat differential between the inside and outside of the car, wouldn't a heat pump system work as a low energy (and low speed) AC to dump the warm air outside the car instead of inside ?

    Cobos
     
  4. Kardax

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    All of these ideas do actually generate energy, but none of them generate very much. Definitely not enough to pay for themselves or make up for the weight they add.

    -Ryan
     
  5. domenick

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    I don't know. The shock absorbers ought to make a decent amount if designed properly. The road doesn't even need to be particularly bumpy.
     
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    It seems like those shock absorbers, along with producing energy would be a great way for the computer to control the ride and handling. You simply switch how many of the stator rings are active and affectively control the damping.
     

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