In the future, fetching your burgers and fries via the drive-thru might mean helping the store you’re patronizing keep the lights on. In more ways than one. Over the Labor Day weekend, a Burger King in Hillside, New Jersey tried out the MotionPower energy harvester from New Energy Technologies to see how it would hold up to the heavy traffic flow they experienced over the holiday period. As drivers wended their way to the window to get their Whoppers, the cars ran over a metal speed-bump affair that, using the weight of the vehicles to depress a plate and turn some gears, produced 2000 watts with each passing. As it was just an initial durability test, the fast food franchise didn’t actually benefit from the “free” electrons but customers were treated to a very small light show that was installed to demonstrate the that system was working. The manufacturer envisions larger MotionPower machines installed in places where traffic is slowing down to prevent the scheme from requiring extra energy input from vehicles.
If you’re intrigued by this device (or the similar Dragon Power Station) and missed the chance to check it out in Jersey, you may be interested to know that they will next be collecting kinetic energy at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC and at the Holiday Inn Express in Baltimore. Hit the jump for a video from Fox News featuring the device as well as the press release.
[Source: New Energy Technologies]
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