New Energy to Test Technology for Generating Electricity from Motion of Cars at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC on October 12, 2009
Previous tests of Company’s MotionPower™ system at Burger King® drive-thru result in significant engineering enhancements, including: capacity to increase electrical power, greater durability, lower maintenance costs, and reduced size.
Burtonsville, MD – October 1, 2009 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (Symbol: NENE), a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, today announced that important durability tests of the Company’s MotionPower™- Auto technology for generating electricity from the movement of cars will be conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC on Monday, October 12, 2009 at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in front of the Hotel’s porte-cochere. This is the first time that New Energy’s MotionPower™ technology is being tested at a hotel property. The Four Seasons Washington, DC hotel has an outstanding and effective environmental program. Management and staff are dedicated to pursuing, maintaining, and implementing standards that reflect their commitment to environmental, social and economical responsibilities, all without compromising the guest experience. In 2008 the hotel was awarded the Good Earth Keeping award by the Hotel Association of Washington, DC.
“It’s an honor to be supporting new and creative ways to produce clean energy through technologies like the one developed by New Energy,” stated Tony Savage, Director of Property Operations at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. “We’re a brand that’s examining all the possibilities for making a ‘greener’ existence for the hotel industry.”
“We are privileged to be working alongside such a well-noted brand as the Four Seasons as we continue to advance the development of our MotionPower™ technology with this second set of durability tests,” stated Mr. Meetesh V. Patel, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “The data we collected from our first set of tests at a high-traffic Burger King® drive-thru during the busy Labor Day long weekend has already produced significant engineering improvements to our MotionPower™ technology, and I’m hopeful we can replicate that same success at the Four Seasons in the upcoming weeks.”
Earlier this month, the Company announced that first-ever durability field tests of the Company’s MotionPower™ technology were successfully conducted, resulting in numerous important engineering and design advancements, including:
- Increasing the amount of electricity generated from each pass of a vehicle by making use of multiple input power mechanisms, and a novel storage system which will help to better utilize the power of each wheel’s weight, capture it and retain it for conversion to electrical energy;
- Improving durability of the system through design modifications and materials selection;
- New design features, mimicking the appearance and feel of a conventional speed bump/hump;
- Reducing the length of the system to 12” from 12’ by eliminating the existing elevated ramp structures;
- Minimizing the vertical height of the system in order to calm potential driver disruption; and reduce the rolling resistance of the device; and
- Repositioning moving parts into a single housing unit, allowing for quicker, easier, and lower-cost maintenance.
New Energy’s MotionPower™ technology is designed to be installed in locations where vehicles are required to reduce their speed, thus ensuring that the system only makes use of vehicle energy that would be required to slow down and does not ‘rob’ vehicles of energy they would otherwise use to accelerate. The MotionPower™ system captures the vehicles’ excess kinetic rolling energy and creatively converts that energy into a novel alternative energy source.
Every day, millions of vehicles slow or come to a stop at toll plazas, rest areas, traffic calming areas, drive-thrus, and countless other roadway points. New Energy hopes to utilize its MotionPower™ devices to make use of the energy wasted by these millions of cars, trucks, and heavy vehicles when they slow down or come to a full stop countless times throughout the day, and convert this otherwise wasted energy into valuable, clean electricity.
Once fully optimized and installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower™ devices may be used to augment or replace conventional electrical supplies for powering roadway signs, street and building lights, storage systems for back-up and emergency power, and other electronics, appliances, and even devices used in homes and businesses such as the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC and other commercial sites participating in New Energy’s ongoing durability tests.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is located in Washington, DC’s historic Georgetown on Pennsylvania Avenue overlooking the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (the water transportation system built by George Washington). The hotel sits only 12 short blocks from the White House in the nation’s capital, and is notably North America’s first Four Seasons Hotel.
Four Seasons is a leader in the hospitality industry, known for its highly personalized, caring, 24-hour service. With 82 hotels in 34 countries, and more than 40 properties in development around the world, Four Seasons offers an unparalleled travel experience in the most sought after urban and resort destinations
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