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M2E’s technology (Motion to Energy) is founded on the Faraday principle, whereby energy is produced from the motion of a magnet passing through a coil. M2E says the company has designed a system that will generate between 300 and 700 percent more power than other kinetic energy technologies available today.
According to the company website, M2E is presently focused on models and prototypes for military applications and commercial mobile electronic devices. The company’s future intentions include automotive, wind, and wave power applications, as well as nanochip technology.
They have developed several working models including D-Cell form factors, beginning configurations for military applications, and an external charger for mobile devices, available in 2009. M2E is seeking military and commercial partners to help bring its breakthrough technology to market.
- Download (14 Mb; mp3) - On August 25, 2008, Sterling D. Allan conducted a live, 1-hour interview with Regan Warner-Rower, Licensing and Business Development of M2E, as part of the Free Energy Now radio series.
How it Works
M2E’s technology, a physics-level breakthrough, dramatically increases the amount of power that can be generated from kinetic energy. The power is produced by using motion-produced electromagnetic fields that are harvested, converted to electrical energy, and stored for use in a variety of scalable applications. The application possibilities span handheld, mobile devices to larger power requirements, such as hybrid vehicles and power systems for industrial use.
The technology originates from a fundamental change in magnetic architecture, and is composed of an integration of unique generator capability and energy/battery management electronics. The generator function is based on translation of kinetic energy into electric current via magnetic induction.
Increases in power output with M2E technology are estimated to range from 300-700% over existing configurations. Additionally, the technology complements existing applications, offers simplicity in its design, and uses “off-the-shelf? materials, making manufacturing costs comparable.
The M2E technology originated at the Idaho National Lab, where a Department of Energy-funded research group was charged with developing a mobile power solution to ease the U.S. Military’s burden of limited-power, short-life battery dependency. M2E inventor Eric Yarger and his team at the INL took up the challenge and were successful.
- Motion-to-Energy (M2E™) Power Generation Technology - INL researchers developed M2E, a new technology that converts motion to energy. M2E uses an innovative, optimized microgenerator with power management circuitry that kinetically charges mobile batteries from natural motion such as walking. To learn more, visit INL (YouTube''; May 30, 2008 )
First Product: External Charger for Portable Devices
According to an Aug. 25, 2008 press release, the company's first product will be a portable charger for portable devices.
You would plug your portable device, say your cell phone, directly into the M2E External Charger to charge its battery, and it does retain its existing battery (although future developments from M2E should eventually integrate the technology into the actual battery itself). You could keep your device continuously plugged in to the M2E charger to ensure uninterrupted power, or you can plug in to the M2E charger on an as-needed basis. About 6 hours of normal movement can generate 30-60 minutes of talk time on a cell phone, so it is definitely feasible to plug into the M2E charge a few times a day, depending on how heavily the device is used.
And yes, the M2E charger is meant to eliminate the need for any other mobile device chargers that plug into the wall or car, in fact, it will have a plug on it, just in case you do need emergency power and need to plug in to a socket. So you really could throw away all other wall or car chargers.
Other Potential Applications
(company site links)
- Self-powered energy saves on toxic waste in landfills by utilizing fewer battery materials and extending the life of batteries.
Quoting from http://www.m2epower.com/technology/overview.htm
- Versatile - Meets battlefield power requirements for limited weight, low cost, small volume, high storage, continuous generation and exceptional performance.
- Mission Flexibility - Generates enough power to extend mission run-time.
- Increased mobility and sustainability - By powering mobile electronic equipment over extended distances and through harsh terrain, M2E allows soldiers to operate independently off power grids.
- Rugged - Once sealed in the manufacturing process, the technology offers the potential to operate in extreme conditions (environment, altitude, temperature, humidity, sand, salt, shock and vibration).
- Modular - Allows for future upgrades in technology and capability, and enables transition to Army Future Combat Systems interoperability (Plug in & Fight doctrine).
- Secure Small, portable, silent and no discernable signature.
- Convenient - The M2E technology is a generator that can minimize the hassle and wasted time of re-charging batteries, the purchase of redundant batteries and the burden of carrying power cords everywhere.
- Reliable - Rugged "military grade" self-charging technology means users no longer have to worry about finding the next power grid.
- Clean - Self-powered energy saves on toxic waste in landfills by utilizing fewer battery materials and extending the life of batteries.
- Mobile - freedom Anytime/anywhere power.
- Off the shelf Eliminates - the hassle and wasted time of re-charging batteries, the purchase of redundant batteries, and the burden of carrying power cords everywhere. The M2E battery is also lighter.
- Compliant - Rugged "military grade", self-charging technology means users no longer have to worry about finding the next power grid.
- Standard packaging and performance - Self-powered energy production saves on toxic waste in landfills by utilizing fewer battery materials and extending the life of batteries.
D Cell prototypes tested at Idaho National Labs (INL in Idaho Falls) and at Boise State University's Bio-Mechanics Lab.
The company has filed six patents related to this technology, with several more in the pipeline. The company continues to make rapid advancements for specific applications and is interested in collaborating with military, university and industry partners.
- A self-recharging battery comprising a generator and an energy storage device contained within the battery case. The generator comprises a magnetic structure configured to generate a compressed magnetic field and a coil configured to focus the compressed magnetic field in electrical conductive elements of the coil.
Company: M2E Power, Inc
M2E is a renewable power research and development company headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
Director of Business Development, M2E Power, Inc.
As one of the founders of M2E Power, Ms. Rowe has been involved since the beginning on the development of a new green power source for mobile electronics. Regan spent 10 years as an executive managing global technology transfer in emerging economies working with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickenson, and Upjohn/Pharmacia in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. M2E has broad applications for mobile devices with a number of environmental benefits including reducing the amount of battery material needed in mobile devices, powering through human movement rather than from the grid, and doubling the effective life of lithium battery chemistry. M2E Power, Inc. is a start-up CleanTech company with a physics level technology break-through in magnetic induction that dramatically increases generator efficiency. It is now possible to generate sufficient power through typical motion for applications in mobile electronics. M2E can also be used in larger generator applications such as wind, ocean wave, and electric vehicles.
- M2E Power Gets $8 Million Jolt - The first round was led by OVP Venture Partners and was joined by Highway 12 Ventures, prior angel investors, and @Ventures, the clean technology venture capital unit of CMGI, a publicly traded holding company. (Red Herring; Nov. 16, 2007)
Inventor: Eric Yarger
Co-inventor of the core processes used at M2E—has 25 years of engineering and management experience. He has served at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for nearly 20 years, specializing in power generation, with projects involving electric power grid vulnerability, electric hybrid vehicles, and battery test programs, as well as nuclear reactor control. Eric holds two patents with seven others pending in areas such as magnetic coil design and generators.
- M2E Power Creates Power-Generating Batteries in Search of Long ... - According to M2E, this kinetic time level is between 300 and 700 percent more efficient than previous kinetic systems. In order to prepare the technology ... (Wired; Aug 20, 2008)
- M2E Recharges as You Walk - ... but M2E plans to up the ante as they say that their technology can generate 300, possibly 700 percent, more power than current kinetic energy technology ... (Coolest Gadgets, UK - Aug 20, 2008)
- Charges Your Cell Phone With Kinetic Energy! - M2E Power is emphasizing the commercial applications for their technology, with a specific goal: revolutionizing cell phone batteries. An external charger generates between 300 and 700 percent more energy than current kinetic energy technologies, and may eventually replace cell phone batteries altogether. (Inhabitat; Aug. 19, 2008)
- 24 of the Hottest Eco-Friendly Gadgets and Green Concepts (The Hottest Gadgets; 6/01/08)
- The Green Issue (New York Times; 4/20/08)
- Charge Your Cellphone Just By Moving - With M2E Kinetic Power - M2E’s technology is only being used by the U.S Army to outfit troops on the battlefield. But we think it is only a matter of time before this useful new form of mobile energy generation becomes more widely available. Nokia, Motorola and Samsung, please start taking notes now… (Inhabitat; Jan. 17, 2008)
- What's New: The Latest On Technology Deals FromDow Jones VentureWire (Wall Street Journal; 12/11/07)
- M2E Power Gets $8 Million Jolt (Red Herring; 11/23/07)
- Mobiles to get motion-charged batteries (ZD Net; 11/22/07)
- Better Battery Breakthrough? - The system is three to seven times more efficient than earlier motion-based generating systems, and M2E believes that in normal movement, a hip-worn M2E battery will provide as much output as a conventional battery, but will not have to be replaced or recharged.(Military.com; Nov. 19, 2007)
- Microgenerator Firm Gets Charged Up - Startup M2E ("Motion to Energy") has just received funding to develop its microgenerator solutions, which convert the movement of the human body into electricity. Even better, the prototypes-and likely the finished product—fit inside standard battery housings, making it possible to retrofit existing products. (BB Gadgets; Nov, 17, 2007)
- Start-up makes electric power from motion (CNET News; 11/16/07)
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M2E Power, Inc.
875 W. McGregor Court
Boise, Idaho 83705
Phone: (208) 344-6066
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