Motion Power Captures Energy in Prius style

Industrial parks, thus far, have not been known as bastions of renewable energy. But a new pilot project aimed at capturing energy otherwise wasted at one of the nation’s largest industrial parks (also a US Free Trade Zone) just off the New Jersey Turnpike, could offer a model that–if proven successful–may lead to a smaller footprint for these emissions-intensive districts across the country.

The new technology being tested at the Heller flagship Industrial Park in Edison, New Jersey, is called Motion Power. Developed by New Energy Technologies, Inc. it works by capturing the unused kinetic energy of heavy commercial vehicles at points where they are required to slow down or come to a stop. Once captured, the MotionPower technology converts this excess energy into electricity (though whether this juice will be used to help power the rigs or the industrial park itself, at present, is not clear from the press release).

Heller Industrial Park, NJ

image via Heller Industrial Parks, Inc.

The version of the MotionPower system designed for heavy-duty vehicles will be tested at Heller’s 8.7 million square foot flagship Industrial Park,  located at interchange 10 off the New Jersey Turnpike, the nation’s 5th busiest toll road in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, midway between Boston and Washington, D.C. and between New York City and Philadelphia. The park has direct links to Newark Liberty International Airport, Philadelphia Airport and the Port of New York and New Jersey, the third-largest seaport in North America and the largest maritime cargo center on the East Coast, making it an ideal place to capture large amounts of energy from heavy-duty vehicles picking up and delivering goods of all sorts, from across the nation and beyond.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.