Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Potential and Kinetic Energy

Harnessing the Power of Highways

Highway Power KinergyPower is a new form of alternative energy which is also an example of distributed generation. KinergyPower was invented by two brothers Stefanos and Dimitri Horianopolous in Greece in 2002. Their system uses a series of hydraulic pistons to absorb the kinetic energy from the motion of traffic and transform it into hydraulic pressure.“Wherever there is motion, there is potential for KinergyPower. Trucks, automobiles, trains, and even people all generate some level of kinetic energy. The heavier and more consistent the traffic, the greater the wasted energy and the greater the potential for KinergyPower. Our technology is the key to capturing and harvesting this energy in an efficient and economical way.KinergyPowerUSA has developed a patent pending alternative energy system that captures kinetic energy from the weight and momentum of decelerating traffic and converts it into clean, reliable, renewable electricity.KinergyPower is an efficient way to harvest energy that is generated daily -- but is currently untapped -- from motion in the world around us.

KinergyPower is based on the idea of distributed generation and:

    * Produces electricity at a fraction of the cost of traditional energy sources         
    * Emits no pollutants
    * Generates no hazardous waste
    * Burns no fuel
    * Uses no water
    * Harvests energy day in and day out regardless of the weather

The beauty of the KinergyPower System is in its simplicity.Hydraulic systems are one of the oldest and most reliable means to transfer energy. Fluids are hard to compress hence, energy is transmitted through strong hoses and pressure vessels for use in a variety of ways. If a person can use a hand lever hydraulic pump to move incredibly large objects, the weight and momentum of automobiles and large trucks represent tremendous energy potential when combined with the same principles.

Every axle of the passing vehicle depresses each slat along the entire length of the Kinergy Mat.  Each slat depresses a number of pistons designed to support the overall system requirements. Each piston displaces hydraulic fluid in an equal volume to its stroke. That fluid is advanced through hydraulic lines and stored in pressure vessels known as “accumulators”. These pressure vessels contain both fluid and compressible gas elements allowing the system to collect and store hydraulic fluid pressure and meter that pressure as needed to a hydraulic motor/generator. Once through the hydraulic motor/generator, the fluid is held at ambient atmosphere in a reservoir to be sent back to the mat to start its journey all over again. The KinergyPower System uses the same pressure differential as conventional power plants except hydraulics are used instead of steam.

 As outlined above, the KinergyPower System hydraulic system can provide ample force and continuous supply of fluid to run a hydraulic motor. The generator is essentially the object that the motor is turning. The generator is selected based on the needs of the site or in accordance with specified merchant power requirements and will dictate the number of revolutions per minute (“rpm”) and at what force (“bar”) is needed to start and maintain that speed.

Voltage, impedance, and phase will likewise be considered depending on whether the energy will be used by the site, transmitted to the grid, or both. Step up or step down transformers may be required to synchronize to an existing voltage if different from the generator. If power is used by the site, the Kinergy System is connected to the main leg of the switch gear while offsite power will become its backup. The entire electric system and connections are typically site-specific and require customization to meet each situation.

    * KinergyPower Energy Carpets installed on only 100 meters of roadway with an average daily traffic pattern of either 450 cars or 4 loaded trucks  will harvest and produce enough electricity to power one North American home for one year.
    * A typical Travel Center located on a US Interstate that is visited by 3,500 trucks a day  can produce enough electricity to power a minimum of 800 homes for a year.
    * A bus depot with 2,000 buses a day can harvest enough electricity for a minimum of 160 homes per year.


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