Jacobs Vehicle Systems this week will present to a major engineering gathering a system that could recover waste energy from shock absorbers/suspension dampers.

Jacobs will present its new GenShock technology at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. It offers the potential for active variable damping control for semi-active ride control, improved driver comfort, and rollover mitigation, while recovering energy in electrical form that would normally be dissipated as heat in conventional "shock absorbers" or suspension dampers.

Jacobs, in cooperation with Open Innovation partner Levant Power, is seeking to commercialize this new type of vehicle system for heavy-duty vehicles of all types and specifically for on-highway trucks. Several prototype systems are currently in operation, and this technology should be available in the near term.

Jen Tran, Jacobs Vehicle Systems' new technology project engineer, will present technical paper SAE 2012-01-0814, titled: Recovering Energy from Shock Absorber Motion on Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles. This paper provides an example of the Open Innovation approach Jacobs is applying to researching new technologies relative to our core competencies and adjacent core markets.