Materials and techniques for energy harvesting

M.E. Kiziroglou and E.M. Yeatman,     Imperial College London, UK


Energy harvesting, the collection of small amounts of ambient energy to power wireless devices, is a very promising technology for applications where batteries are impractical, such as body sensor networks and inaccessible remote systems. The performance and potential of energy-harvesting devices depend strongly on the performance and specific properties of materials. In this chapter the important properties and potential of materials used in energy-harvesting devices are reviewed. An introduction to the concept of energy harvesting is given with a special discussion on motion energy-harvesting limits. The state of ...

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