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Published on July 7th, 2009 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Burger King to Harness Kinetic Energy from Speed Bumps

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July 7th, 2009 by  

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Stopping for cheeseburgers to bring new energy to New Jersey drive-thru

On the same day that Coulomb Technologies announced it would be rolling out an electric vehicle charging station at a McDonald’s in Cary, N.C., a Burger King franchise in New Jersey said it would be testing speed bumps that harness kinetic energy in the location’s busy drive-thru lane.

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If the kinetic energy generated by moving vehicles was captured by New Energy Technology’s MotionPower speed bumps twice per day, then it could produce enough electricity to power over half a million homes each day, according to company officials.

The technology is similar to the regenerative technology used to power hybrid cars, but instead of being installed in each vehicle, it is installed in the roadways, capturing the friction energy that is otherwise dissipated as heat.

“More than 150,000 cars drive through our Hillside store alone each year, and I think it would be great to capture the wasted kinetic energy of these hundreds of thousands of cars to generate clean electricity,” said Andrew Paterno. Paterno and his business partner, Michael Wallstein own and operate twelve Burger Kings in the New York Metro area.

New Energy’s latest MotionPower prototype is a modular device which can be customized to varying lengths based on site requirements. Engineers envision the device could being installed at high traffic locations such as toll booths, traffic intersections, rest areas, travel plazas, border crossings, neighborhoods with traffic calming zones, and drive-thrus similar to the New Jersey Burger King test site.

“We’re eager to field test the device in a real world setting as part of our ongoing efforts to aggressively engineer, test, refine, and ultimately, commercially launch America’s first active roadway energy capture system of its kind,” explained Mr. Meetesh V. Patel, Esq., President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.

New Energy Technologies is not the first to field-test the energy-harnessing capacity of speed bumps. Similar pilot projects are already being tested on roads and in supermarket parking lots in the U.K.

Twenty percent of methane emissions in the United States comes from bovine husbandry. And while burger giants McDonald’s and Burger King are not falling over themselves to slash beef production, some franchise owners are taking matters into their own hands to cut greenhouse gas emissions in other innovative ways.

Investors welcomed the Monday announcement. Shares of New Energy Technologies, Inc. (NENE.OB) rose more than 27% on Monday after news of the new prototype testing project in New Jersey.

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.



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  • James Distef

    A little research on Google Finance reveals that this company is really run by Harmel Rayat. A major con man indicted by the SEC. He creates these penny stock companies fleeces the investors and moves on.. the idea may be good but this guys must have stolen it from the real inventor

  • James Distef

    A little research on Google Finance reveals that this company is really run by Harmel Rayat. A major con man indicted by the SEC. He creates these penny stock companies fleeces the investors and moves on.. the idea may be good but this guys must have stolen it from the real inventor

  • James Distef

    A little research on Google Finance reveals that this company is really run by Harmel Rayat. A major con man indicted by the SEC. He creates these penny stock companies fleeces the investors and moves on.. the idea may be good but this guys must have stolen it from the real inventor

  • Clifton

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    http://www.vegawatt.com/

  • Clifton

    Beth, I like your thought but instead of biodiesel check out the Vegawatt generator.

    http://www.vegawatt.com/

  • Clifton

    Beth, I like your thought but instead of biodiesel check out the Vegawatt generator.

    http://www.vegawatt.com/

  • http://www.zolagoods.com Beth

    Why don’t the fast food restaurants have a biodiesel station at their restaurants? At the very least they could use it for all of their delivery trucks.

  • http://www.zolagoods.com Beth

    Why don’t the fast food restaurants have a biodiesel station at their restaurants? At the very least they could use it for all of their delivery trucks.

  • http://www.zolagoods.com Beth

    Why don’t the fast food restaurants have a biodiesel station at their restaurants? At the very least they could use it for all of their delivery trucks.

  • Nate

    This is ridiculous it rakes fossil fuels to move those cars and it ultimately makes each car that drives over it slighly less efficent. Don’t these people understand the laws of physics, this energy has to come from somewhere and in a car it comes from burning gas. The only place they could be logically placed is where there is already a speed bump installed. Then the cars are already being made less efficient so we might as well use that energy.

  • Nate

    This is ridiculous it rakes fossil fuels to move those cars and it ultimately makes each car that drives over it slighly less efficent. Don’t these people understand the laws of physics, this energy has to come from somewhere and in a car it comes from burning gas. The only place they could be logically placed is where there is already a speed bump installed. Then the cars are already being made less efficient so we might as well use that energy.

  • Lishster22

    Sounds like an article out of the onion. I wonder if the franchise is registering the irony of this. Yet, it’s better than doing nothing.

  • Lishster22

    Sounds like an article out of the onion. I wonder if the franchise is registering the irony of this. Yet, it’s better than doing nothing.

  • chrisp68

    What about all the wasted energy a car uses as the driver sits waiting to stuff his face with a 500 calorie burger????

    Solve the problem… don’t use band aids!!!!

    If they are going to install these, they should also put something similar on all the seats inside the restaurant. The 300lbs customers could generate plenty of kinetic energy. Oh wait, they won’t fit in the chairs and will have to use their electric scooter to pickup their meal. At least we will have speed bumps to power the scooters.

  • chrisp68

    What about all the wasted energy a car uses as the driver sits waiting to stuff his face with a 500 calorie burger????

    Solve the problem… don’t use band aids!!!!

    If they are going to install these, they should also put something similar on all the seats inside the restaurant. The 300lbs customers could generate plenty of kinetic energy. Oh wait, they won’t fit in the chairs and will have to use their electric scooter to pickup their meal. At least we will have speed bumps to power the scooters.

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