Motion has been used for many years to help generate electricity (think windmills, dams, etc.) around the globe but soon, the technology could. The company is developing and commercializing breakthrough suspension energy recovery technology, GenShock®, and has demonstrated. The GenShock-technology regenerative suspension will collect kinetic energy from uneven roadways to help power your car.
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Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate. This would make it much easier to change a flat tire on the side of the road. With this project, ZF is making use of its long-standing know-how of adaptive dampers.
Even better are products which make use of energy that is otherwise wasted. Typical shock absorbers convert spring energy into thermal energy, releasing wasted heat into the environment. It also virtually eliminates bodywork pitch motions during abrupt braking maneuvers and rolling motions during rapid evasion maneuvers.
Please enter a display name. The exact design is not available to the public, but probably consists of a fluid circuit akin to the wave rectifier in electronics Fig. Sign up for freeit takes 30 seconds. Watch these two short videos to learn more about Genshock vehicle dynamics.
In modern vehicles, a set of springs and shock absorbers known as a suspension system serves to minimize these unwanted effects. The objective is to develop the world’s first fully active and regenerative suspension, make it ready for volume gensshock and introduce it to the market.
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In addition, there are ZF systems for buses, trucks, agricultural machines, and motorcycles. The difficulty in achieving this outcome rests in balancing comfort and handling; comfort requires a soft suspension to absorb bumps, while handling requires stiffness for control.
ZF announces new GenShock energy-recovery suspension
All of the technology is contained in a device that is mounted on the outside of each shock. By Bob Chabot, Contributing Editor.
The system will theoretically fenshock the comfort of a luxury sedanthe power efficiency of a hybrid and the nimble handling of a sports car. The objective is to develop the world’s first fully active and regenerative suspension, make it ready for volume production, and introduce it to the market.
Click on the icon for your Adblocker in your browser. The very compact unit is composed of its own control unit, an electric motor and an electrohydraulic gear pump.
From around the web. This page is for personal, non-commercial use. It might even simplify repairs — since GenShock recovers energy through pumps, it can raise each wheel without needing a jack.
Then, the system guides the oil in the damper in such a way that it drives the electric pump motor. The captured energy is then converted into electricity, which can be used by the vehicle. As the fluid passes through the small orifices it experiences viscous friction, causing the fluid to heat. All other rights, including commercial rights, are reserved to the author. ZF expects an annual production of more than three million CDC units for passenger car applications alone by The device houses its own control unit, an electric motor and an electrohydraulic gear pump, and controls the flow of fluid in the shocks to adjust the damping rate, like a normal active damper.
Recently commented stories Jump to forum mode. Driven by an electronically controlled electric motor, the gear pump regulates the oil flow in the damper.
GenShock electricity-generating active suspension is coming to passenger cars, eventually
If you think that a system like this would function better on poor road surfaces, you’re gdnshock. We notice you’re using an ad blocker. No word yet on when the technology will make its way into passenger cars but we do know that it is at least affordable. In a rectified fluid circuit, the fluid will flow in one direction, ensuring that the electric generator is constantly being powered. This then functions like a generator; it converts the generated kinetic energy into electricity and feeds it into the vehicle power supply, thus contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Suspension systems, transmissions and other rotating or oscillating components typically lose even more energy through friction, kinetic or other forms of energy. As the vehicle travels across uneven road surfaces, corners, accelerates or brakes, genshoc, unit reroutes the fluid inside the damper through the unit’s gensock gear pump, which drives the electric motor that converts captured kinetic energy into electricity.
A total of around 14 million CDC systems have already come off the production line at Tecjnology, and the company expects an annual production of more than three million CDC units for passenger car applications alone by As a vehicle is driving over uneven surfaces, technolkgy a turn at high speeds or during acceleration and braking, the motion of the piston in the damper pushes fluid past the gear pump.
Compared to conventional dampers, as shown in the spider diagram above, CDC provides improved handling and comfort characteristics.
EUR million in genshocj and development. Continuous Damping Control CDC has been winning over vehicle manufacturers since its market launch in and is still doing so with its fourth generation. Electricity for the vehicle power supply As soon as the driving situation permits, the innovative valve system automatically uses the swaying motion of the damper piston to recover energy. ZF and Levant Power are now developing GenShock-technology to unite the vast gains of active suspension with modest power consumption, minimal complexity and affordable cost.
You must be logged in to perform that action. The joint venture with ZF is significant, for it brings together technologies that when combined, provide the critical mass genshck change the automobile landscape. Simpler, Cheaper and More Efficient In the past, every time a vehicle bounced or swayed, energy was lost to the ether. Then, the system guides the oil in the damper in such a way that it drives the electric pump motor.