New Energy’s First-Ever Device for Generating Electricity from Motion of Heavy Vehicles Successfully Prototyped

New Energy to conduct durability tests of previously announced MotionPower™ technology for cars and light trucks at Burger King®, Four Seasons Hotel, and Holiday Inn Express®.

Burtonsville, MD – August 24, 2009 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (Symbol: NENE), a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, today announced successful completion of its first-ever MotionPower™ prototype energy harvester for heavy trucks and vehicles for installation at such locations as truck stops, weigh scales, commercial ports of entry, and shipping sites.  This newly developed technology complements the Company’s previously prototyped MotionPower™ system for cars and light trucks.

MotionPower™ technology is a roadway-based system that is designed to be installed in locations where vehicles decelerate or stop, thus ensuring that vehicles are not ‘robbed’ of energy they would otherwise use to accelerate.  Instead, MotionPower™ devices assist vehicles in slowing down, and in the process of doing so, capture the vehicles’ motion energy before it is lost as brake heat, and creatively convert that energy into clean, ‘green’ electricity.

“I’m very excited to see the quick progress our engineering team has made with the successful completion of our first-generation MotionPower™ prototype designed to harvest the kinetic energy of long-haul trucks, buses, and other load-bearing heavy vehicles in order to generate clean electricity,” stated Mr. Meetesh V. Patel, Esq., President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.

Click here to view a video of New Energy’s small scale first-generation prototype of its MotionPower™ Heavy Vehicle Energy Harvesting System:

“Engineers will now work towards optimizing our first-of-its-kind heavy-vehicle energy harvester for full-scale site implementation and testing, similar to the durability tests we’ve planned at key locations for our recently completed, first-generation MotionPower™ car and light truck energy harvester prototype.”

In recent weeks, New Energy has announced plans to initiate durability testing of its prototyped mechanical MotionPower™ system for cars and light trucks at locations such as the Four Seasons Washington, DC, Holiday Inn Express® Baltimore, and Burger King® in Hillside, NJ.

MotionPower™ Devices:

Generating Clean Electricity from Cars, Trucks, Heavy Vehicles

New Energy’s previously developed car and light truck energy harvester has been designed and prototyped as an ultra-low profile, modular device which can be easily customized to varying lengths based on site requirements.

Designed as a roadway-based system for installation where vehicles are required to decelerate or stop, MotionPower™ technology assists vehicles in slowing down, and in the process of doing so, captures the slowing vehicles’ motion (kinetic) energy before it is lost as brake heat, and creatively converts that energy into clean, ‘green’ electricity.

Once fully optimized for efficiency, engineers envision New Energy’s MotionPower™ device for cars and light trucks could be installed at high traffic locations such as toll booths, traffic intersections, rest areas, travel plazas, border crossings, neighborhoods with traffic calming zones, parking sites similar to the tests sites at the Four Seasons Washington, DC and Holiday Inn Express® locations, and drive-thrus such as the recently announced Burger King® test site.

New Energy’s brand new MotionPower™ energy harvester for long-haul trucks and heavy vehicles has been developed as a fully functional, small scale prototype which makes use of innovative fluid-driven systems, thus eliminating most mechanical parts – an important feature designed to minimize mechanical wear and reduce future maintenance costs.

Among key features of the MotionPower™ fluid-based energy harvester are the following:

  • Large energy transfer from vehicles, which helps generate maximum electricity;
  • Smooth energy transfer to ensure that the vehicle, driver, cargo, and passengers remain undisturbed when engaging the system;
  • Optimal performance for a range of large vehicle sizes traveling at variable speeds;
  • Flexibility of installation for both above-grade and in-road (embedded) applications;
  • Scalable device which can be lengthened or shortened to meet installation requirements for each site;
  • Limited number of moving or mechanical parts for ease of manufacturing, greater operating reliability, and lower maintenance and production costs;
  • Unobstructed passage of small vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians over the device; and
  • Unobtrusive visual impact.

New Energy’s MotionPower™ Devices:

Practical, ‘Green’ Energy Harvesters for America’s Roadways

MotionPower™ devices are engineered as a practical and useful ‘green’ alternative energy technology for generating clean electricity from the millions of vehicles on our roadways.  More than 250 million vehicles are registered in America, and an estimated 6 billion miles are driven on our nation’s roads every day.

As millions of vehicles slow or come to a stop at toll plazas, rest areas, traffic calming areas drive-thrus, and countless other roadway points, their motion energy, derived from the burning of fossil fuels, is dissipated in brakes and lost as heat to the environment. New Energy’s MotionPower™ devices use this lost energy to generate electricity.

MotionPower™ devices 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.

To-date, New Energy has filed nine new patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in order protect novel features of its MotionPower™ technology for generating electricity from the kinetic energy of moving vehicles.

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