Large Scale Energy Harvesting, Moving from Miliwatts to Kilowatts (Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2012)

Dr Lei Zuo, Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University
United States
Nov 07, 2012.


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Presentation Summary

  • Tens of kilowatts of vibration energy harvesting from tall buildings and long bridges (sponsor: US NSF)
  • Hundred watts of energy harvesting from vehicle suspensions (sponsor: NYSERDA)
  • Ten to Hundred watts of energy harvesting from railway track vibrations (sponsor: US DOT and NYSERDA)
  • Theromelectric energy harvesting from vehicle exhaust heat (sponsor: US NSF and US DOE)

Speaker Biography (Lei Zuo)

Lei Zuo completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in both Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2005 and 2002. He joined Stony Brook University in 2008 as an Assistant Professor after working in industry for four years. His research interests include energy harvesting, vibration control, thermoelectric materials, mechatronic design, smart structures, and biosensors. He won a R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine in 2011 and was the Winner of Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting by IDTechEx in 2010. Lei Zuo authors over 60 research papers in journals and conferences. His research has been highlighted by quite a few public news media.

Company Profile (Stony Brook University)

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Stony Brook University, also known as the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, is a public research university located 50 miles east of New York City on Long Island. It is considered as a "flagship" institute of the SUNY system, and has 16,000 undergraduates, 8,000 graduates, and 2,000 faculty.
Under the research support from US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Department of Transportation, New York State Energy Research and Authority, industry companies, etc, the Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Lab at Stony Brook University primarily focuses on the large-scale energy harvesting (vibration and thermoelectricity), such as from tall building vibration, vehicle suspension, railway transportation, ocean waves, vehicle exhaust heat, nuclear reactors.
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