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Four Seasons Hotel Trials Device For Generating Electricity From Moving Cars

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC (Source: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts).
by Staff Writers
Burtonsville MD (SPX) Jul 22, 2009
New Energy Technologies has announced that the Company has expanded testing of its newest MotionPower prototype for generating electricity from the movement of cars and light trucks to include new, active durability field tests of the device at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to assess the durability of our MotionPower technology in diverse real-world settings, I'm proud to announce our newest effort to test America's first-ever energy harvester of its kind at our nation's first-ever hotel to open under the Four Seasons name," announced Mr. Meetesh V. Patel, Esq., President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.

Located in Washington, DC's historic Georgetown on Pennsylvania Avenue overlooking the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (the water transportation system built by George Washington), the hotel sits only 12 short blocks from the White House in the nation's capital, and is notably North America's first Four Seasons Hotel.

"The Four Seasons Washington is committed to green initiatives. As part of the Social Responsibility Group, I've long believed in the importance of finding new and creative ways to produce clean energy," stated Mr. Tony Savage, Director of Property Operations at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

"Having been awarded the 2008 Good Earth Keeping Award by the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, we continue to look for innovative ideas. To this end, it's exciting to participate in the early testing of this brand new technology which generates electricity by making use of the otherwise wasted kinetic energy of cars that are slowing down or braking in our parking garage and driveways."

Engineers have designed and built New Energy's latest MotionPower prototype as an ultra-low profile, modular device which can be easily customized to varying lengths based on site requirements.

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 Four Seasons Washington test location, and drive-thrus such as the recently announced Burger King test site.

In recent weeks, New Energy announced plans to initiate durability testing of its MotionPower prototype device at quick-service giant, Burger King's, prominent franchise restaurant in Hillside, New Jersey, where more than 150,000 cars pass through each year.

Last month, the Company announced plans to expand its product range with development of a brand new fluid-driven MotionPower energy harvester for heavy trucks and vehicles, complimenting the Company's newly-prototyped mechanical MotionPower system for cars and light trucks.

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.

An estimated 250 million registered vehicles drive more than 6 billion miles on America's roadways every day. New Energy engineers have developed MotionPower technologies to generate 'clean' electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of these vehicles.

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