A couple of weeks ago, Joanna told you about how a company had installed a system that would capture the energy of cars and light trucks that went through a fast-food drive through (see her post from Sept. 14, 2009).
Now, New Energy Technologies has announced it has successfully tested its MotionPower technology for generating electricity from the movement of heavy trucks and long-haul vehicles, and the renewable energy company will now develop a full-scale system suitable for field testing, and ultimately, commercial deployment:
The Company’s MotionPower™-‘Heavy’ system for heavy vehicles has been engineered to generate electricity while addressing utility demands and commercial considerations unique to large vehicles, including minimizing payload disruption, ensuring passenger comfort, and making special allowances for integration of the system at commercial trucking sites such as ports, weigh scales, border crossings, and central distribution sites.
Heavy-duty trucks have up to 25 times more kinetic energy than a typical car traveling at the same speed. New Energy Technologies Inc.’s engineers have developed the MotionPower™-Heavy technology as a fluid-based system, uniquely capable of drawing significant amounts of energy from a single vehicle without jarring its payload or creating passenger discomfort. The efficient transfer of energy from heavy vehicles to the MotionPower™-Heavy system ensures greater electricity production and easier device adoption.
Company officials believe the system will be scalable for electrical generation.
You can see a video of the technology here.