Exhaust heat from trucks and other large-engine vehicles may soon be usable as a power source for on-board heating and cooling.

In a move to support the technology’s commercialisation, Canadian cross-sector funding body Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has announced an investment of CA$250,000 in Bolton, Ontario-based heat recovery product developer EnerMotion’s Hybrid Power and Energy Recovery (HYPER) project.

The HYPER system captures waste exhaust heat from vehicles to power an on-board heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that works while driving and, EnerMotion said, eliminates emissions from engine idling when the vehicle is not moving.
HYPER truck

HYPER is now entering customer demonstration trials in Canada’s heavy duty vehicle market. The first market application has been designed for tractor-trailer type, Class 8 heavy trucks.

‘EnerMotion’s innovation represents a significant accomplishment with tremendous global market potential,’ said OCE President and CEO Dr Tom Corr. ‘HYPER is a real game-changer in the transportation industry.’