New Energy Technologies, Inc. (Symbol: NENE), a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, announced that ongoing tests of the company’s MotionPower-Auto technology for generating electricity from the movement of cars and light trucks have produced a 25-fold increase in its capacity to capture energy from moving vehicles – an important breakthrough in maximizing the amount of electricity generated by the system.
“Each step we take to produce greater output moves us one step closer to commercialization of this brand new technology,” stated Mr. Meetesh V. Patel, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “The prospect of capturing 25-times greater kinetic energy from a moving vehicle, without disrupting the driver experience, marks a significant step in optimizing our MotionPower[tm] system and builds on several advances our engineers have recently achieved, including greater durability, lower maintenance costs, reduced size, and the capacity to increase electrical output.”
The capacity to increase electrical output is largely determined by the MotionPower[tm] system’s ability to capture the greatest amount of ‘rolling’ or ‘kinetic’ energy of a moving vehicle – without causing driver and vehicle disruption, and without ‘robbing’ a vehicle of the energy it needs to accelerate.
New Energy’s MotionPower[tm] technology is designed to be installed in locations where vehicles are required to reduce their speed, thus ensuring that the system only makes use of vehicle energy that would be required to slow down and does not ‘rob’ vehicles of energy they would otherwise use to accelerate. The MotionPower[tm] system generates valuable electricity by creatively capturing and converting the vehicles’ excess kinetic rolling energy.
Kinetic energy is present in a moving vehicle, much like the energy present in a bicycle, which may sometimes continue to ‘roll’ even though it’s no longer being peddled by the rider. Today’s engineering breakthrough enables New Energy’s MotionPower[tm] technology to capture 25-times greater kinetic energy through key design enhancements to an energy buffer and storage device inside the system.
This energy buffer-storage apparatus is used in the MotionPower[tm] system as an efficient capture device for energy that can otherwise be lost during short ‘impulse’ loading – the event that occurs when a car quickly drives over the MotionPower[tm] device to create an immediate burst of energy. Engineers are also modifying the design to better manage ‘torque’ impulses created by a vehicle’s weight and rolling kinetic energy as it passes over the device.
Among important design improvements to the MotionPower[tm] system’s energy buffer-storage device, are the following:
- Optimization of geometry and speed to increase the level of energy captured and delivered
- Optimization of the energy storage per unit weight of the device
- Efforts to reduce friction drag
With these enhancements incorporated into the next-generation MotionPowerTM prototype, engineers anticipate the system will capture and deliver more than 25 times the energy of the original prototype recently field-tested at a Burger King® drive-thru over the busy Labor Day long weekend, the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC on Columbus Day, and the Holiday Inn® Express in Baltimore, MD.
These field tests of New Energy’s MotionPower[tm] technology have resulted in numerous engineering and design advancements, important to the Company’s development of a fully-optimized system suitable for commercial launch. Once fully optimized and installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower[tm] 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.
Every day, millions of vehicles slow or come to a stop at toll plazas, rest areas, traffic calming areas, drive-thrus, and countless other roadway points. New Energy’s MotionPower[tm] devices make use of the energy wasted by these millions of cars, trucks, and heavy vehicles when they slow down or come to a full stop countless times throughout the day, and convert this otherwise unused energy into valuable electricity.
MotionPower[tm] devices are engineered as a practical and useful alternative energy technology for generating valuable electricity from the millions of vehicles on our roadways. More than 250 million vehicles are registered in America, and an estimated 6 billion miles are driven on our nation’s roads every day.
To-date, New Energy has filed nine new patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in order protect novel features of its MotionPower[tm] technology for generating electricity from the kinetic energy of moving vehicles.
More information: New Energy Technologies, Inc.