Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or "wasted" energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy. Energy harvesting devices are therefore potentially attractive as replacements for primary batteries in low power applications.

It is important to distinguish Energy Harvesting from high-capacity power generation routes such as standalone and grid-connected photovoltaics, or marine generation, which are the focus of other subgroups: as a rule of thumb, we are looking at devices that can generate Watts or less.

Scope and focus

The academic community has become more coordinated through the recent establishment of the Energy Harvesting SIG. This is mainly focused on defining a new generation of research challenges and disseminating on research. The Energy Harvesting group of the Knowledge Transfer Network is rather intended to focus on knowledge exchange and networking support for the business, academic and funding communities. In particular, it intends to provide increased assistance for potential system integrators and end-users of the technology.

This group is therefore for all interested in energy harvesting technologies for practical application.

Our objective

To ensure that the UK and Europe more generally retains its world-leading position in energy harvesting technologies, and exploits this via economic and social value. 

We will do this by:

  • Linking the industrial, academic and funding communities to build awareness of technology positioning, applications, challenges and new business opportunities and models;
  • Disseminating key results and business activities
  • Helping to synchronise and amplify the voice of the UK community

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