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Biomechanical energy harvesting from human motion offers a promising clean alternative to electrical power supplied by batteries for mobile electronic devices.   Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to provide electricity for small and mobile equipment, whether electrical or electronic. Four main ambient energy sources are present in our environment: mechanical energy (vibrations, deformations), thermal energy (temperature gradients or variations), radiant energy (sun, infrared, ...
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Energy Harvesting - Peltier

Posted by sleuz Dec 14, 2012
Thermal Energy Harvesting: MSX Technology and Micropelt GmbH   Most domestic appliances carry an energy label indicating their efficiency in using electrical energy. Hobs for electric or gas based cooking do not receive such labels because their efficiency was found not to vary much across the market. New technologies for energy-saving cooking are expected to be part of a new EU directive, introducing an energy label for all hobs, because they are considered a major energy savings potentia ...
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Energy Harvesting - Solar

Posted by sleuz Dec 12, 2012
Wireless Sensor Network: Bronze Craft Corporation   Bronze Craft Corporation invented a smart window sensor for energy conservation in commercial buildings. The US Department of Energy estimates that 35% of a commercial buildings energy use is attributed to lighting. The Smart Sensor measures the daylight entering windows and signals the lighting control system to shut off lights nearest to the window when light levels equal lighting levels prescribed by the US Department of Labor's OSHA s ...
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Energy Harvesting - Piezo

Posted by sleuz Dec 10, 2012
Researchers develop tiny, autonomous piezoelectric energy harvester    People have long been using piezoelectric devices to harvest energy in everything from dance floors to parking lots, but a group of European researchers have now shown off some novel uses for the technology at the recent International Electron Devices Meeting that could see even more of the self-sufficient devices put to use.   Their big breakthrough is that they've managed to shrink a piezoelectric device dow ...
Magnetic Power Applications for Energy Harvesting   Magnetic energy harvesting is to utilize magnetic field power to generate electric power. Electromagnetic energy harvesting is already in research and development, and researchers now finding new opportunities to harvest magnetic power from a permanent magnet. It is possible by using extensional vibration of laminated magnetoelectric plates, piezoelectric and piezomagnetic transducer materials.   NASA scientists are also workin ...
Linear Technology Multi-Source Energy Harvester            The “Energy Harvesting Solution To Go” provides the following benefits: Complete solution of harvesting energy, energy management and storage   Easy transfer of the provided solutions to your design   Evaluation of the highest efficient components in the market   Features 4 harvesters for different source types On-board solar cell and thermo electric generator Connecto ...