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Smart Multifunctional Fibre for Energy Harvesting from Nature


Dr Ravi Hadimani, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
University of Bolton
United States
 
 
This presentation was given at Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2011 on Nov 16, 2011.
 

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Presentation Summary

  • A novel technology has been developed that integrates piezoelectric polymer substrate and photovoltaic coating system to create a film or fibre structure that is capable of harvesting energy from nature, including sun, rain, wind, wave and tide.
  • The raw materials used are inexpensive starting with the piezoelectric material which is extruded and poled.
  • Since the organic photovoltaic material system is made in a normal atmospheric environment, the cost associated with the whole structure is manifold less expensive than ceramic based photovoltaic.
  • The resultant material system is flexible and can be incorporated in textiles for a wide variety of applications.