Energy Harvesting

Here are the latest technical briefs and resources for design engineers working in energy harvesting. Find trending applications used in wireless autonomous devices in electronics, and wireless sensor networks.

Latest Briefs & News

Issue Archive: Medical
2022 September August July June May April March February January 2021 December November October ...
Special Reports: Energy
Power Electronics - August 2022

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Energy
Vanillin is converted into a redox-active electrolyte material for liquid batteries.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply.
Briefs: Energy
The device uses a thermoelectric module to generate voltage and current from the temperature gradient between the cell and the air.
Briefs: Energy
Hydrogen has emerged as an important carrier to store energy generated by renewable resources, as a substitute for fossil fuels used for transportation, in the production of ammonia, and for other industrial applications.
Briefs: Materials

Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially...

Articles: Energy

Sensors Expo is returning to the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA from June 27 – 29, with its new name — Sensors Converge. There are nine conference tracks that highlight the different applications for...

Briefs: Energy

Living materials made by housing biological cells within a nonliving matrix have gained popularity as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those...

Briefs: Nanotechnology
A hybrid method enables 3D printing of self-powered wearable devices.
Briefs: Energy
Pyroelectric energy generates energy from heat that would otherwise be wasted in a catalytic chemical reaction.
Briefs: Energy
The material improves connectivity while maintaining recyclability and low cost.
Briefs: Energy
The flexible, washable microgrid uses the human body to sustainably power small electronics.
Briefs: Medical
The device combines with body power to treat tendon disease and damage, and sports injuries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The nanothin material could advance self-powered electronics, wearable technologies, and even deliver pacemakers powered by heartbeats.
Briefs: Energy
Researchers successfully demonstrated the use of the human body as a medium for transmitting and harvesting energy to power wearables.
Briefs: Energy
This remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the wind.
Briefs: Materials
Textiles and items of clothing can be converted into e-textiles without affecting their original properties.
Briefs: Energy
Vibrating transducers create tunnels in a thin layer of oil to transport droplets across a chip without leaving a trace behind.
Briefs: Energy
The device is stretchy enough to wear like a ring, a bracelet, or any other accessory that touches the skin.
Briefs: Energy
The biofuel cells can power wearable electronics purely by using human sweat.

Every year, 50 percent of the energy produced worldwide from coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy sources is lost as heat. This untapped resource...

Facility Focus: Energy
Learn about the technologies being developed at NC State, including vehicle armor, a monitoring patch for plants, and origami-inspired materials.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
About the size of a grain of sand, the flying microchip (or microflier) does not have a motor or engine.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device combines with body power to treat tendon disease and damage, and sports injuries.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Our Bodies Power Our Everyday Electronics?

One of the top INSIDER stories of 2021 included a “wearable microgrid” that harvests energy from motion and sweat to power electronics. (Read the 2021 INSIDER story.)

5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
Briefs: Lighting
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
Briefs: Communications
This practical technique uses magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots, or drones.