Power-Producing Shock Absorbers
A conventional automotive shock absorber dampens suspension movement to produce a controlled action that keeps the tire firmly on the road. This is done by converting the kinetic energy into heat energy, which is then absorbed by the shock's oil. The Power-Generating Shock Absorber converts this kinetic energy into electricity instead of heat through the use of a linear electric motor. The electricity generated by each PGSA can then be combined with electricity from other power generation systems (e.g. regenerative braking) and stored in the vehicle's batteries.
Source: gizmag.comAdded: 17 February 2009