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30 Jul 2014
Generating electricity from humidity
Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices.
28 Jul 2014
Self cooling solar cells last longer and have more power
By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.
25 Jul 2014
Spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam
A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun.
24 Jul 2014
Materials for approaching multi-billion dollar supercapacitor market
Functional materials for supercapacitors will be a $5 billion market before 2025.
24 Jul 2014
Compact vibration harvester power supply with highest efficiency
OMRON and Holst Centre/imec have unveiled a prototype of an extremely compact vibrational energy harvesting DC power supply with worlds' highest efficiency.
23 Jul 2014
Fly inspires battery free hearing aid
Other researchers have built fly-inspired hearing devices, but the UT Austin engineers are the first to apply piezoelectric materials. These materials turn mechanical pressure into electric signals, or voltage, and allow the device to operate with very little power.
22 Jul 2014
Wireless train sensor harvests vibrational energy
Perpetuum's technology is an industry first that uses a system powered by harvesting vibration energy to measure wheel-bearing degradation.
21 Jul 2014
Solar powered smart benches
Soofa is a solar-powered bench that provides free outdoor charging for mobile devices and location-based information like air quality and noise levels by uploading environmental sensor data to soofa.co. The smart urban furniture is developed by Changing Environments, a MIT Media Lab spin-off.
18 Jul 2014
Vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis
Biophysics researchers have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process.
17 Jul 2014
Energy harvesting and IoT in building automation
There are many definitions flying around the world of technology for what the Internet of Things (IoT) is or what it can do for people and even more impressively, a wide range of numbers that describe the size of the market that the IoT is going to grow into, some of those projections swimming close to the "realm of unbelievable".