05 Nov '11, 3pm

New Rumble Strip Gets Kinetic Energy from Cars

New Rumble Strip Gets Kinetic Energy from Cars

© Courtesy of New Energy Technologies Inc. Rumble strips wake you up before you drive off the highway. Speed bumps get you to slow down in places like a parking lot. In Roanoke, Virginia , the first working model of a New Energy MotionPower system recently collected power from cars leaving a civic center during a weekend that saw the circus and a gun show come to town. Clowns and guns make energy? In this case, yes. The demonstration by New Energy Technologies Inc. , done in partnership with the City of Roanoke, marked the first time a working model of the MotionPower system was used. Lloyd wrote about this system back in 2009, when it was being tested at a Burger King in North Carolina . The same company is still perfecting the device, which helps a vehicle slow when the driver needs to, and can be seen as a form of regenerative braking technology. New Energy thinks its r...

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