Energy harvesting soccer ball moves to the next level
The pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET captures the kinetic energy generated during normal play, and stores it in the ball for later use as an off-grid power source.
Concept bicycle charger for harvesting kinetic and wind energy
Fandi Meng, a Chinese industrial designer has designed a concept generator called the i-Green Bicycle Charging System which can be attached to a bicycle.
Energy harvesting and the smart grid
The term Smart Grid has been used for decades to mean anything from "a ring main for a country" to the far more responsive, interactive and intrusive electricity distribution systems of the future. These will become fractal in nature because they will seamlessly incorporate home networks, smart meters, electricity generation on your house and maybe even personal generation and use of electricity as reported in Energy Harvesting Journal.
Powered by a heartbeat
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a method that could lead to medical devices that are powered by a patient's heartbeat.
Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid
The term Smart Grid has been used for decades to mean anything from "a ring main for a country" to the far more responsive, interactive, scalable and intrusive electricity distribution systems of the future.
Electroactive Polymers and Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices
The use of polymers with electroactive response has only emerge in this decade with the introduction of Electroactive Polymer materials, having significant displacement levels.
Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks, RTLS Preview
Only the IDTechEx "Energy Harvesting and Storage" events are paired with "Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS", covering the systems most in need of energy harvesting.
Energy Harvesting & Storage and RTLS & WSN conference summary
The first day of the conference (attended by more than 290 attendees) was focused on presentations from end users of energy harvesting and wireless sensor networks technologies, with the first presentation given by IDTechEx CEO Raghu Das, giving an overview of needs for energy harvesting as well as the three generations of technologies (active RFID, RTLS and mesh & WSN) that have evolved into the current market for Wireless Sensor Networks, a market due to reach US$1.75 Billion by 2019.
Sea buoys adopt energy harvesting
A minority of buoys at sea have energy harvesting and that usually means the largest, most mission critical buoys having solar power and occasionally small wind turbines.
Update from Infinite Power Solutions
In March 2009 Energy Harvesting Journal covered the breaking news that Infinite Power Solutions had completed building their volume manufacturing facility. IDTechEx recently met with Infinite Power Solutions and brings you an update.