Passenger cars and light-duty trucks account for about 60% of the energy used for U.S. transportation
New Energy engineers have successfully designed, fabricated, and tested the Company’s MotionPower™ – Express prototypes systems for cars and light-duty trucks and continue to optimize this technology for eventual commercialization.
As vehicles drive over our MotionPower™- Express system, a series of mechanical treadles are depressed, converting some of the vehicle’s excess kinetic energy into sustainable, alternative, electrical energy.
Express systems may be installed in high-traffic areas that require vehicle deceleration, such as:
Potential Electrical Energy Production
Designed for installation at sites where all cars, light-duty trucks (i.e., sport utility vehicles), vehicles are traveling faster than 15mph and are slowing down before stopping. For example, the potential electrical energy production is:
1800 kg Car
- A car travelling at 7 m/s (15.7 mph), must dissipate approximately 44,000 Joules(1) to slow to a stop.
- Assuming 6 second to stop(2)
- Approximately 7300 Watts of power (from operating to a complete stop)
POTENTIAL: 300 automobiles traveling at approx 15 MPH come to a stop, enough kinetic energy is dissipated to generate electricity to light up 0.12 homes.(3) A 4kW Solar PV system lights approx. 0.13 homes.
(1) Brian Hendrickson, Glenn Bergevin, Veryst Engineering, LLC.; ―Design and Analysis of a Vehicle Energy Harvester with an Historical Perspective (DRAFT), Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition IMECE2010‖; November 12-18, 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Draft Publication: June 2010.
(2) Vehicle Stopping Distance And Time, Computer Support Group and Our Online Division, CSGNETWORK.COM., www.csgnetwork.com/stopdistinfo.html (July 15, 2010).
(3) Average household lighting con-sumes 940kWh per year divided by 365 = 2.57kWh/day , www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/recs/recs2001/enduse2001/enduse2001.html