ThomasNet News Logo
Sign Up | Log In | ThomasNet Home | Promote Your Business

N.J. Burger King Testing Energy-Producing Speed Bump

Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  

(Archive News Story - Products mentioned in this Archive News Story may or may not be available from the manufacturer.)

Sigma Design Co.
200 Pond Ave
Middlesex, NJ, 08846

Press release date: September 17, 2009

Can a fast food drive-thru lane actually provide clean green electricity? A company called New Energy Technologies is betting on it.

The firm has developed a prototype device it's now testing at a Burger King in Hillside, New Jersey.

The "Motion Power Energy Harvester" is designed to capture kinetic energy from vehicles that would otherwise be lost when drivers hit the brakes to pick up their Whoppers.

It looks like a flattened speed bump with long pedals across the top that press down when tires roll over them. That force turns gears inside, generating 2000 watts of electricity instantaneously, according to the engineers who designed it.

The trick is collecting that energy and distributing it in a cost-effective way. Engineer Jerry Lynch from Sigma Design was handed the concept and tasked with creating the prototype, explaining the final version will involve more bumps and more pedals to create more juice.

If this is multiplied by ten times the length and we have 100,000 or 150,000 cars a year the device will pay back in less than two years," Lynch estimates.

Lynch says this isn't a "green wash", meaning that they are stealing energy from one source to give to another, because the vehicles need to slow down anyway. Company President Meetesh Patel says Motion Power devices could be effectively used in any number of high traffic areas including shopping centers, intersections, rest areas, border crossings, and toll plazas but admits any use on public roads would require negotiations with local governments and highway departments.

"We're creating a new industry and if we're first to market with this thing we definitely will be at the top of the wave," Patel says.

No one is suggesting the device in the drive-thru lane would provide enough power to run the restaurant, including franchise owner Drew Paterno, but he jumped at the offer to install the prototype at his location on Route 22, and says he'd consider placing an order for a dozen of them.

"If the thing works and it does what we think it will do," Drew says, "we'd be interested in installing it in all our locations."

That won't be possible until the Motion Power device is ready for market, which Patel says could happen sometime next year.

YouTube Link to video

Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  
Contacts: View detailed contact information.


Post a comment about this story

(your e-mail address will not be posted)
Comment title:
To submit comment, enter the security code shown below and press 'Post Comment'.

 See related product stories
More .....
 Visit Green and Clean Blog
  Latest from the Green and Clean Blog

Sigma Design Co.
Product Video
 See more product news in:
Green & Clean
 More New Product News from this company:
Consultation Services help develop renewable energy solutions.
Printing Service provides proof-of-concept prototypes.
More ....
| Featured Manufacturing Jobs
 Other News from this company:
University Collaboration
Prevention Invention
A Great Time to Finally Turn Your Smart Ideas Into Product Solutions
Sigma Looking to Grow by Partnering with New Sales Representatives
Global Manufacturer of Engine Filters Saves 3 Months and Thousands of Dollars in Cyclic Fatigue Testing Program
More ....
 Tools for you
Watch Company 
View Company Profile
Company web site
More news from this company
E-mail this story to a friend
Save Story
Search for suppliers of
Energy Conservation Equipment
Energy Recovery Systems
Energy Systems Engineering Services
Join the forum discussion at:
Engineers Lounge

Home  |  My ThomasNet News®  |  Industry Market Trends®  |  Submit Release  |  Advertise  |  Contact News  |  About Us
Brought to you by        Browse ThomasNet Directory

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

Error close

Please enter a valid email address