Motion Power Energy

Traffic studies show more than 250 million vehicles are registered in America, and an estimated 6 billion miles are driven on our nation’s roads every day. If the kinetic energy generated by moving vehicles was captured at any given moment, it could produce enough electricity to power over a quarter million homes each day. New Energy Technologies, Inc. is developing novel MotionPower™ technologies which harness excess vehicle energy and convert it to sustainable electricity. These roadway-based energy harvesting systems are an alternative energy technology which captures kinetic energy of decelerating cars and trucks and creatively converts this captured energy to usable electricity. As a vehicle slows down, its motion energy is reduced and dissipated in brakes, friction, and increases vehicle wear-and-tear. This kinetic energy that is being wasted in the process of braking is what this MotionPower seeks to capture and convert into electricity. 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. The company claims it can create about 2000 watts of electricity every pass of a car. Once fully optimized and installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower™ devices may be used to supply electricity to a variety of future applications.

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Original sources:
http://www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com/technology/motionpower
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/09/motion-power-20090909.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClRTuDNJ5a4

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