New Energy Technologies, Inc. is developing novel MotionPower™ technologies which harness excess vehicle energy (‘kinetic’ or ‘rolling’ 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.
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.
MotionPower™ is best suited for high traffic locations where vehicles are already slowing down. Example installation sites include toll plazas, rest stops, highway off-ramps, truck depots, and traffic calming zones.
The concept of harvesting energy from passing vehicles dates back at least to the Industrial Revolution.
All vehicles in motion possess kinetic energy. Kinetic energy refers to the energy of motion, and is best described as the extra energy an object possesses due to its motion, such as the energy observed when a ball is thrown or kicked or when a cyclist no longer needs to pedal a bike in order to continue forward motion.
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 our MotionPower™ products seek to capture and convert into electricity.
For our MotionPower™ products to effectively harvest a vehicle’s kinetic energy, they must be installed at sites where vehicles are in the process of slowing down before stopping. Our MotionPower™ Technology functions as an energy harvester, and may be considered an “external regenerative brake” which helps a vehicle slow down. Because our MotionPower™ products are designed to be installed in locations where cars and light trucks are required to reduce their speed, our systems only make use of vehicle energy that is required to slow down and do not “rob” vehicles of energy they would otherwise use.
Once fully optimized and installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower™ devices may be used to supply electricity to a variety of customer applications, including: fixture, building controls, lighting, back-up systems, roadway signage, and other electronics, appliances, and devices used in commercial settings.
Reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show nearly 70% of America’s electricity is generated by natural gas and coal. The environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions and the rising cost of those non-renewable fuels, along with the potential doubling of global electricity consumption in the coming years, requires the urgent need for creative, sustainable methods of generating electricity. The prospect of sustainably converting vehicle motion and deceleration (vehicle energy) into electricity represents significant positive environmental impact and alternative energy opportunities.
To-date, New Energy Technologies, Inc. has filed 45 patent applications in order protect revolutionary features of our MotionPower™ technologies. New Energy has also filed for international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), for its MotionPower™ kinetic energy harvesting technology. The PCT application is an important step in obtaining protection for New Energy’s MotionPower™ technology in as many as 142 nations.
- The United States has the world‘s largest transportation system.
- In 2006, Americans traveled 5.2 trillion person-miles in vehicles and moved 4.6 trillion ton-miles of freight. This travel consumed 28.6 quads of energy, all but about 4% in the form of petroleum products —more energy than used in that year by the entire economies of all but two nations, China (73.8 quads) and Russia (30.6 quads).
- Globally, the world auto fleet has increased from about 50 million vehicles to 580 million vehicles between 1950 and 1997, growing five times faster than the growth in population (Barker, et al., 2007).
- Increasing Need for Distributed Power – The global electric power industry is evolving from a financial and engineering model that relies on large centralized power plants owned by the utilities to one that is more diverse – both in sources of generation and ownership of the generation assets.
- Passenger cars and light-duty trucks account for about 60% of the energy used for U.S. transportation, and their energy use has grown by 1.4% per year over the past several decades (Davis, Diegel, & Boundy, 2009).
- Freight truck vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and energy consumption are projected to grow faster than any other mode. The U.S. EIA projects that truck travel will grow from 241 billion vehicle miles in 2007 to 363 billion miles in 2035. (EIA, 2010a).