New Energy Technology successfully conducted durability field-tests of its prototype MotionPower technology for generating electricity from the motion of cars and light trucks at a Burger King restaurant in Hillside, New Jersey over the Labor Day weekend.
|Rendering of proposed MotionPower system. The rolling motion of the vehicle depresses a series of actuators that rotate a proprietary generation device. Click to enlarge.|
The roadway-based Motion Power System, when used in traffic control areas where automobiles decelerate for safety reasons, converts some of the car’s excess rolling kinetic energy into electrical energy. While the automobile is braking it continues to roll. The Motion Power System is designed to minimize any increases in tire rolling resistance. Excess automobile rolling energy and tire force (due to the cars weight) is used to depress an actuator that rotates a proprietary electrical generation device to generate power. Vehicles with hybrid regenerative braking systems still capture their own braking energy; the excess rolling energy is captured and stored for later use by the Motion Power system owner.
In addition to tests conducted at Burger King, New Energy is undertaking additional durability testing of the prototype mechanical MotionPower system for cars and light trucks in the upcoming weeks at the Four Seasons Washington, DC and at the Holiday Inn Express Baltimore.
New Energy suggests that once fully optimized and installed, MotionPower devices may be used to augment or replace conventional electrical supplies for powering roadway signs, street and building lights, storage systems for back-up and emergency power, and other electronics, appliances, and even devices used in homes and businesses.