What if we could collect the enormous levels of kinetic energy from moving vehicles and use it to offset the power requirements of surrounding buildings?
Deeply thinking about this lead to the development of RoadPower, an innovative technology that does exactly that. This is accomplished through methods related to the ways electric vehicles recover their own kinetic energy via regenerative braking. With RoadPower, instead of electricity being returned to the vehicle, the clean electricity generated by the system is transferred to the local facility, powering its equipment, and reducing operating costs - all in real time.
Ryan is the Founder, CEO and Lead Designer at RoadPower Systems Inc. He's an experienced IT project manager for cyber security and process automation initiatives where he had direct involvement in solution architecture. Ryan has worked for multiple Park Avenue investment banks including J.P. Morgan Chase. He has worked in solar energy project management, engineering and construction coordination. Ryan has worked as a marketing manager for a clean-energy startup where he implemented SEO and web advertising strategies that accelerated website traffic and automated online lead-generation. He is a life-long inventor and fabricator with mechanical inclinations and hardware prototyping experience. Ryan has engineered & developed novel robotic-vehicle platforms (both aerial and ground-based), clean energy generation systems and related experimental systems. Ryan is an experienced 2D and 3D CAD designer, has programmed micro controllers, and configured autonomous flight computers. He graduated with honors Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business. Ryan possesses a unique combination of business and engineering knowledge & experience.
Darshan Venkatesh Babu
Darshan is cofounder and CTO at RoadPower Systems Inc. He is an experienced electrical engineer with his most recent role being a Solar PV system design engineer for commercial buildings, utility-scale projects and community solar initiatives in New York State. Darshan was previously with the Indian Space Research Organization - the NASA of India - where he acquired hands-on experience in high voltage systems and their related safety protocols. He has worked as an electronics lab research assistant at the Stevens Institute of Technology where he also acquire a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering. Darshan is passionate about the advancement of technology intersecting with sustainability and clean energy.
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RoadPower has recently gone through the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) which seeks to address many key needs of an early-stage, energy-based technology business. Supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), CEBIP provides access to an unsurpassed team of partners and resources to maximize the prospects for new business ventures.
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From Stained Glass Solar Panels to Infrared Driving Vision: Introducing Futureworks Incubator Fellows
Futureworks Incubator returns in 2019 with a new class of hardware companies from across New York City. After reading through 100 applicants and conducting 30 interviews, NYCEDC and SecondMuse selected 15 startups to join the Futureworks Incubator Fellows track, a more intensive programming cohort within the broader Futureworks Incubator.
RoadPower is a kinetic energy collection system that enables commercial & industrial facilities to generate their own grid- grade electricity using the energy recovered from vehicles in motion on their property. RoadPower is easily installed into the pavement of a roadway or lot and safely generates electricity with each passing vehicle. Mindbending, and based in New Jersey.
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For ‘Vehicle-To-Grid’ Startup, All Roads Lead To CEBIP
The wheels are turning: Innovators Ryan McIntosh and Darshan Venkatesh believe they can advance the science of "vehicle-to-grid" electric power generation -- and to prove it, they're taking their kinetic talents to CEBIP.
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Stevens’ Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Provide the Expertise and Perspective Young Companies Need
Ryan the CEO of RoadPower, said that at this stage of his company’s lifecycle, having access to the caliber of advice provided by the EIRs is priceless. “Cecily has been invaluable in giving us perspective, not only into the energy industry, but also into what it takes to commercialize a product and reach potential customers,” he said.
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