Energy

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

Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

Our lead INSIDER story featured an experiment from Tel Aviv University that supports the idea of water vapor as an alternative energy source.

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The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.

Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by...

These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Rain Become a Viable Energy Source?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the power of a droplet energy generator – specifically the system’s ability to light up 100 LEDs with just a small amount of water.

An energy breakthrough from the City University of Hong Kong finds power in a single drop of water – up to 140 volts, in fact.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Refrigeration by Twisting Fibers
Changing directions of twist and coiling changes whether a material cools or heats.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
When combined with saltwater, rust can be a source of electricity.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.

Researchers have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners, and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen....

A new wearable could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines.

To investigate oceans, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that sends data to the surface. Supplying constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long...

Learn about the world's first wave-driven desalination system.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will Wave-Powered Desalination Catch On?

Today's lead INSIDER story demonstrated how ocean waves can be used to turn seawater into freshwater.

Inventor Olivier Ceberio found a new way to turn ocean waves into fresh water.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
A Battery-Free Sensor for Underwater Exploration

To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most of our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thin Nylon Films for Transparent Electronic Devices

Very thin nylon films were created that can be used in electronic memory components. The films are several hundreds of times thinner than a human hair and could be used in bendable...

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