Scientists propose quantum wells as high-power, easy-to-make energy harvesters
How to make a "perfect" solar absorber
The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material's spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that ...
Ancient effect harnessed to produce electricity from waste heat
A phenomenon first observed by an ancient Greek philosopher 2,300 years ago has become the basis for a new device designed to harvest the enormous amounts of energy wasted as heat each year to produce electricity. ...
Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of 40
Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight
Mechanical motion rectifier leads to better energy harvesting
Students harness vibrations from wind for electricity
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Vibro-Wind Research Group is working on an efficient, low-cost method of converting vibrations from wind energy to electricity.
Flexible plastics that turn mechanical vibrations into electrical energy
The shrinking dimensions and decreased power consumption of modern electronic gadgets have created opportunities for energy harvesting processes that tap into free, green energy from the environment. Vibration ...
Pickin' Up Good Vibrations to Produce Green Electricity
(PhysOrg.com) -- Vibrations from the environments we live and work in could be much more widely harnessed as a clean source of electricity, due to cutting-edge UK research.
UK scientists develop optimum piezoelectric energy harvesters
Scientists working as part of the Metrology for Energy Harvesting Project have developed a new model to deliver the maximum power output for piezoelectric energy harvesters.
Nanogenerators for energy harvesting technology
The journal, Nano Letters, recently published an article highlighting the fascinating nanogenerators developed by Dr. Yong Shi, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stevens Institute of Technology. The pa ...
Atoms in a nanocrystal cooperate, much like in biomolecules
(Phys.org) —Researchers have long thought that biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals were similar only in size. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that they can ...
Energy harvesting skin generates power from air conditioners
Disney researchers harvest energy from rubbing, tapping paper-like material
Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin ...