UK launch for world’s first road-based energy recovery system

The world’s first road-based energy recovery system is to launch in the UK market.

The RBS resembles speed bumps but feel like rumble strips when driving over them
The RBS resembles speed bumps but feel like rumble strips when driving over them - ROUUTE

Developed over the last five years by London-based ROUUTE, the E:GEN is a new source of sustainable energy comprised of a patented road energy recovery system.

Before E:GEN can get to work, a road-based system (RBS) system captures compression energy generated by vehicles as they drive over the road surface. The RBS absorbs the energy through a hydraulic based system, which is then converted into electrical energy through E:GEN.

Antony Edmondson-Bennett, co-founder and CEO of ROUUTE, explained that the energy is stored in batteries within the E:GEN and then distributed to wherever it is needed, which could include instant distribution within a facility, stored in batteries for later use, sold back to the grid - if connected - or a mobile battery unit to act as a generator.


“As standard, the system comes with three RBS in a row, 800mm apart – optimised for HGVs,” said Edmondson-Bennett. “However more RBS’s can be added on to increase power generated.”

The RBS has been designed to withstand a five-year lifecycle, with only a few parts that are perishable.

In a series of tests, the scalable system showed that it has the potential to generate between 450Wh – 850Wh per HGV (four to six axles) and 150Wh – 300Wh per car (weighing three tonnes).

Edmondson-Bennett added that there are three installation options for E:GEN, with two that involve roadworks and one that is roll on roll off, which can be placed on top of a road surface and locked in, which is ideal for disaster recovery or temporary placements.

“We pride ourselves that we are a social impact brand,” he said. “We’re not just there to create a technology, we're there to create a way of life and different understanding of how you can basically generate energy and how you can then embed that into society.”