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Harvesting energy from moving vehicles

Posted on May 05, 2009
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New Energy Technologies Inc has unveiled the Company`s prototype MotionPower energy harvesting device which is a first-of-its-kind, novel, modular, mechanical system, engineered to use the energy wasted by moving cars and light vehicles in order to generate electricity. Once installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower devices may be used to augment or replace conventional electricity supplies for powering roadway signs, street and building lights, storage systems for back-up and emergency power, and other electronics, appliances, and devices in homes and businesses.
 
Having successfully engineered and built the Company`s first prototype, New Energy engineers are now working to improve the efficiency of the MotionPower device in preparation for installations at high traffic locations such as toll booths, traffic intersections, rest areas, travel plazas, restaurant and bank drive-thrus, border crossings, and neighbourhoods with traffic calming zones.
 
Importantly, the MotionPower device has been engineered to ensure that it can be easily manufactured, and is resistant to damage from vehicles, road debris or weather. The prototype device is straightforward to install and has a modular design, allowing installers to conveniently shorten or lengthen the MotionPower energy harvester in order to customize the system based on site conditions while maximizing power output.
 
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Engineers developing the MotionPower technology are also working to ensure that the system is able to adapt to the unique characteristics of different vehicles , reduce or avoid potentially undesirable effects on safety, comfort of vehicle occupants, and the stability of cargo and adaptively monitor or regulate the speed or acceleration (or deceleration) of vehicles.
 
The technology is similar to regenerative electrodynamic braking in hybrid and pure electric cars, but instead of being installed in each vehicle; it's installed in the roadways, capturing the friction energy that is otherwise dissipated as heat.
 
Source: New Energy Technologies Inc
 
New Energy Technologies Inc., formerly Octillion Corp., incorporated on May 5, 1998, together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a next generation alternative and renewable energy technology developer focused on the identification, acquisition, development, and commercialization of alternative and renewable energy technologies. On August 22, 2007, the Company spun off its wholly owned biotechnology subsidiary, MicroChannel Technologies Corporation. Among the Company's existing research and development activities is the development of technology to adapt existing home and office glass windows, skylights, and building facades into products capable of generating electricity from solar energy.
 
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