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Energy harvesting footwear for wearable applications

Thanks to the rapid development of wearable activity trackers, now we can track how many steps we walk every day. In fact, many of us are setting goal of daily step-count for a healthier life. The question being asked in the energy harvesting community is: ‘can we harvest enough energy from footsteps to power wearable devices?’ Most of the people in the energy harvesting community know...
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Energy Harvesting 2016

Co-organiser: KTN . Date: Wednesday 11th May 2016 Location: Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0HX The Energy Harvesting Network is holding its annual one-day dissemination event on 11th May 2016 at the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, London. The Network is self-funded and run by a team of academics and industrialists, and is for the...
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Agenda Announced for H2020 - Big Data Brokerage Event

Event Details Solutions for Information and Communication Technologies – Horizon2020 Funding for Big Data We are pleased to announce the provisional agenda for the  brokerage event concerning the Big Data strands of the ICT programme of Horizon2020 15/16 on the 8 th  December 2015 in London. The purpose of the event will be to: Gather information on...
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ESOF’s ‘Science to Business Programme’ calls for you...

ESOF’s ‘Science to Business Programme’ calls for you to propose an innovative session exploring the major issues for research within business and industry and the role of universities for business.   Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this high profile event in Manchester, July 2016.    The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is an interdisciplinary meeting...
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Automatic Jamming Recognition Demonstrates World First for Innovate UK supported research

Intelligent Sensing Programme – Internet of Things – 10 June 2015 Grand Connaught Rooms, London   Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, UK, 29 May 2015, An Innovate UK supported collaborative research project, Automatic Jamming Recognition (AJR), will be demonstrated at the Intelligent Sensing Programme – Internet of Things at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on Wednesday 10 June...
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Proof of Concept Funding - have your say

Innovate UK is carrying out a review of proof of concept funding for businesses and academics and are asking businesses, universities, public sector research establishments, other research organisations and fund managers to take a short online survey to help them establish the facts.   They want to know how different organisations and sectors view proof of concept funding, and to...
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Magneto-Mechano-Electric generation for MEMS

Low-power consumption devices such as MEMS based sensors and health monitoring devices require energy sources that can recharge or replace the small batteries that power them. Energy harvesting can use wasted environmental energy to generate electricity to do this and thermal, photovoltaic and vibrational energy harvesting systems are often quoted, but less so magnetic. Energy wasted by...
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Welsh innovators set to showcase pioneering work

Welsh innovators set to showcase pioneering work   Businesses and organisations in Wales which develop ground-breaking products, services and processes are being urged to open their doors this summer to show off their ideas and expertise. The aim is to help embed innovation as a major engine of Welsh economic growth, with the potential to increase national earnings by...
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Energy harvesting metasurfaces

I'm sure that we've all heard of metamaterials, my definition being  a heterogeneous material that exhibits extraordinary properties arising from the combination of its structure and its composition beyond those that a classical composite of the same constituent materials exhibits, meta coming from Greek to mean ‘beyond / more than'. The current technology alerts and stories relating to...
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A novel way to provide light in the wake of disaster

Energy harvesting technology which will light toilet cubicles in refugee camps is being developed by a partnership between researchers at UWE Bristol and Oxfam.   The team is working on a project which demonstrates that urine can power microbial fuel cell (MFC) stacks to generate enough electricity to light a prototype toilet cubicle (pictured).    It’s...
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UK research breakthrough could allow energy harvesting on Mars

Powering 'life on Mars' could be possible via an innovative new technique to harvest energy from carbon dioxide pioneered at Northumbria and Edinburgh Universities.      The research proposes a new kind of engine for producing energy based on the Leidenfrost effect - a phenomenon which happens when a liquid comes into near contact with a surface much hotter than its...
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Freeing gadgets from the grid with energy harvesting

Transparent solar panels, designed to liberate gadgets from their electric leashes, were among the energy harvesting technologies getting attention at last week’s Mobile World Congress.    As smartphones become increasingly power hungry and we are less able to live without them, developers are looking for new sources of energy to fill the void which is opening up as...
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Patent Landscape Study highlights Energy Harvesting focus on automotive applications

The patent landscape analysis conducted by the Intellectual Property Office on request from the Knowledge Transfer Network provided a snapshot of innovation in thermoelectric energy generators (TEGs) over the last 10 years. Toyota (Japan) was the top patent applicant. Toyota has the most patent families (391) of any of the applicants in the TEG patent landscape. The inventions that these...
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Energy harvesting in hybrid vehicles from 2018

Increased interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting throughout 2014, particularly in automotive applications, has led analysts IDTechEx to predict that “thermoelectric energy harvesting will be on production hybrid electric on-road vehicles from 2018.”   According to Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx Chairman, up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy...
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Energy harvesting on the rugby pitch

An unlikely collaboration between Australia’s Queensland Maroons rugby team and Texas A&M University is developing battery-free sensors for jerseys which offer unintrusive protection for players.     The idea behind the sensors is to monitor a player's hydration or the level of G-force they experience when taking a hit, a key component in determining if a player may...
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Energy harvesting at the supermarket

The humble supermarket shopping trolley is getting a 21st century makeover. Powered via energy harvesting from the rotation of the wheels, new high-tech trolleys being developed by UK firm, Cambridge Consultants , could potentially revolutionise the supermarket experience.   The latest innovation is a small device that fits on the wheel of each trolley – and doesn’t need...
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Your body is the next battery

Stomach acid powered micromotors developed by researchers at the University of California are just the latest of the new technologies which harvest energy from the movements, sound and heat of the human body.    Body energy harvesting is already used to power innumerable consumer devices. Automatic watches have employed the concept for decades by winding themselves...
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Energy-harvesting discovery promises major voltage boost to power wearables

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) researchers have discovered how to radically improve conversion of ambient energy (such as body movement) to electrical energy for powering wearable and portable devices.   Many types of smart devices are readily available and convenient to use. The goal now is to make wearable electronics that are flexible,...
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Materials key to energy harvesting for wearables

By 2025 over $25bn will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials for wearable technology, forecasts a brand new report by analysts IDTechEx.    Today's devices demand to be compact, comfortable, flexible - even transparent -and  affordability means they can be disposable. Increasingly, devices are also invisibly hidden in or under clothing, implantable...
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These boots are made for… energy harvesting!

Shoe-sized devices that harvest power from the act of walking have been developed by researchers in Germany. The technology could be used to power wearable electronic sensors without the need for batteries, according to the research, published on Thursday in the journal Smart Materials and Structures .   There are two separate devices: a "shock harvester" that generates...
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Ten implantable wearables coming soon!

Despite their pre-eminence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show , some believe that wearable devices are simply a transition technology. Technology will soon move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us and, with no possibility of changing the batteries, energy harvesting becomes crucial, the next big frontier.   Wearable tech site, WT Vox , has put...
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Powering space craft of the future

A team of engineers at Lancaster University in the UK are working on generating mechanical energy through the vibration of an aircraft’s wings which can be transferred, stored and used to support the communications system. They are major partners of a consortium involved in a new £1m project to maximise 'energy harvesting' on future space craft.   The initiative seeks to...
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Engineering energy harvesting solutions for ocean-based devices

In the underwater robotic world, turtle robots are among the most manoeuvrable. This is what led a team of National University of Singapore (NUS) Engineering researchers to settle on this form for their underwater robot, capable of reacting to exigencies and obstacles as well as energy harvesting for long endurance.    Associate Professor S K Panda led the team at NUS’s...
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Funding for energy management on ships

£7.5m R&D funding opportunity opening for registration (12 Jan 2015) Innovate UK  in partnership with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) has launched a funding competition for collaborative R&D projects to improve the ways in which energy is managed on ships and other marine & maritime vessels. Businesses within the marine & maritime...
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Harvesting power for the Internet of Things

A Scientific American report assesses major international research in energy harvesting, which is becoming increasingly necessary to power the  Internet of Things (IoT).   A web of power cords would undercut the very usability of the IoT. Thus, universities and companies alike are refining energy harvesting techniques to free the IoT of plugs from the start.  ...
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