The rise of thermoelectrics
There has been varying levels of interest in different types of energy harvesters over the past few years. For powering small or mobile devices, photovoltaics dominate - they are widely produced, robust and relatively low cost.
Energy harvesting returns to the forefront
2008 to 2010 saw huge enthusiasm and interest in the development of small energy harvesters.
Laird Technologies acquires Nextreme Thermal Solutions technology
Laird Technologies, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc. the US based developer of thin-film thermoelectric technologies.
Nextreme develops energy harvesting subsystems for plumbing apps
Nextreme Thermal Solutions, the leader in micro-scale thermal management and power generation solutions, has developed two new energy harvesting subsystems for the plumbing and HVAC industries.
Stretchable electronics report how you feel
Electronics that can be bent and stretched might sound like science fiction. But Uppsala researcher Zhigang Wu, working with collaborators, has devised a wireless sensor that can stand to be stretched.
Thermal energy harvester for turbine health sensor system
Nextreme Thermal Solutions and Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc are jointly developing a thermal energy harvesting solution for a wireless sensor system designed to monitor the health of bearings in turbine engines.
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles
Energy harvesting is the production of electricity from ambient energy. Usually the objective in electric vehicles is to increase range and safety. Range is increased in two ways. Either a very powerful form of energy harvesting such as shock absorbers or regenerative braking adds significant amounts of energy to the traction battery or wireless sensors and actuators improving safety also save many kilograms of wiring this also increasing range significantly.
Nextreme introduces thermobility wireless power
Thermobility uses innovative solid-state thin-film thermoelectric technology to convert heat into electricity for a variety of self-contained, autonomous systems.