Energy Intelligence

Class of 2014


Energy Intelligence is an emerging cleantech company that has developed technology that generates clean energy at high-traffic locations from the motion of vehicles. It’s an ultra-compact system that lays flat on top of the road where vehicles are required to slow down. When cars drive over, they compress embedded hydraulic channels, generating electricity to power nearby equipment. The patented technology is intended for use at slowdown points, like parking garage entrances, toll plazas, and weigh stations, and can power equipment onsite to reduce electricity expenses.



Daniel Shani
Founder & CEO
Nissim Shani
Founder & COO
Dr. Melinda Sims
Director of Technology
Dr. Michael Hale
Director of Engineering
Mark Frost
Director of Fabrication
Dr. Richard Mansfield
Scientific Advisor


What was the inspiration for your company?

DS A few years ago, on my drive home from work, I was stuck in traffic. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the cars around me and the gas they were wasting with every start and stop. Then I thought… what a waste of energy when cars slow down in approach to a toll plaza, wearing down their brakes only to speed up a few seconds later. Couldn’t we do something with all of that wasted energy?? That was the day Energy Intelligence was born. The dream was to capture waste energy from braking vehicles by building something on the road, rather than inside every vehicle, to tap into the aggregate power of traffic.

What 3 personality traits do you think a successful entrepreneur should have?

DS Humility, Grit, and Decisiveness.

What is the most exciting thing about being an entrepreneur?

DS Flexible schedules and casual clothes are great, but the most exciting thing about being an entrepreneur is that with every success, no matter how big or small, comes an incredible sense of accomplishment. The hard work and tireless determination makes every bit of progress so rewarding.

What are you most excited about for summertime in Buffalo?

DS All of the outdoor concerts and festivals!