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.

INSIDER: Power

While researchers around the globe are working on free-position wireless charging — which would unchain devices from set charging points — the most common...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
Briefs: Energy
This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.
Products: Test & Measurement
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A skin-like device can measure small facial movements in patients who have lost the ability to speak.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
A flexible device worn on the wrist harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Power Electronics - August 2021

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...

Question of the Week: Wearables
Will ‘Sweat Power’ Make Wearables Mainstream?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

Special Reports: Energy
Vehicle Electrification - July 2021

GM electrifies the new Corvette...a French nanomaterials company aims for a 5-minute EV recharge...Triumph unveils a radical new electric sportbike design. These are just a few of the innovations you'll...

Q&A: Transportation
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Transportation
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

North Carolina State University engineers continue to improve the efficiency of a flexible device worn on the wrist that harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.

Technology Leaders: Materials
Ultra-thin piezoresistive sensors can be used in both R&D and as embedded components to develop safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion battery technologies.
Technology Leaders: Energy
Learn about the properties of each capacitor option, and their ideal applications.
Blog: Photonics/Optics
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
Q&A: Energy
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
Blog: Energy
You have the power. That's the idea behind a "wearable microgrid" from the University of California San Diego that harvest and stores energy from your body to power electronics.
INSIDER: Power

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

INSIDER: Design

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
INSIDER: Research Lab

A team of University of Arkansas physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene’s thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Articles: Energy
A new process can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source into valuable graphene flakes.

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