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Photovoltaic-piezoelectric fibres

The University of Bolton's Elias Siores has been speaking about the hybrid technology developed at Bolton that sees a combination of energy harvesting technologies combined in a fibre. These...

Energy harvesting materials for wearables and smart textiles targeted by groundbreaking European study

Micro devices which can harvest, conduct and store energy within a strong, flexible, wearable material are being developed in an exciting study led by  German applied and industrial...

Organic photovoltaic with 12% efficiency

Researchers at Ulm University are reporting an efficiency of 12% for their organic photovoltaic which its spin-off company, Heliatek GmbH. The key to the high efficiency is the fact...

Pavegen make steps for permanent energy harvesting at French rail station

Award winning energy harvesting firm, Pavegen, have opened their largest permanent installation, at the entrance of Saint-Omer train station in Northern France.   The UK company...

Energy Harvesting SIG Mission to the USA - Report online

Our recently pubished report for the Energy Harvesting SIG Mission to the USA 2013 is now available online. To view this report please click here . 

Power-dressing with a difference

A knitted, flexible fabric that delivers twice the power output of current energy harvesting textiles has been developed by scientists in the UK. The polymeric piezoelectric fibres created by...

Innovative energy saving design reaps rewards for Wrightbus

One of Europe's leading suppliers of public transport vehicles, Wrightbus, which is based in  Northern Ireland,  has won a major contract through the development of a hybrid...

New PV glass could see skyscrapers harvesting energy

Award winning UK company Oxford Photovoltaics, has developed a breakthrough solar technology to enable the exterior of skyscrapers to be built entirely of electricity-generating glass.

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Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe 2014

UK companies and insitutions working in energy harvesting and storage are invited to join the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) in Berlin! On offer is the...

Energy Harvesting 2014

The Energy Harvesting Network is holding its annual one-day dissemination   event in partnership with the TSB¹s Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group  on 12th March 2014 at...

Competition: Up to £11m available for development of local energy solutions

The UK will need a diverse mix of energy sources and systems by 2050, to ensure that supplies remain affordable, resilient and flexible. Local energy systems will play an important part and...

Can the internet of things drive adoption of energy harvesting?

IDTechEx CEO, Raghu Das, believes the internet of things and energy harvesting have a natural synergy:   “The internet of things adds connectivity to things. It is a broad term...

Battery power for wearables: the state of play

Battery power is an issue which is becoming crucial for designers and developers. Take Google Glass - under normal conditions five hours is the approximate amount of use per charge - not even...

Powering the wearables revolution

Wearable technology was big news at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas over the past week. But, admidst all the hype, there are a host of issues yet to be addressed,...

An inflatable solar-energy chimney will stand 1km-high

Best known for breaking numerous ballooning records with Richard Branson, engineer Per Lindstrand is now hoping to develop a 1km-tall inflatable chimney that can capture energy from the sun, ...

Energy harvesting materials research: breaking boundaries

The total market for energy harvesting devices is expected to rise to $2.6 billion in 2024 (source: IDTechEx) . Despite this promising outlook there are many limitations to current technologies...

Energy Harvesting at the University of Bath

Bistable composites with piezoelectric generators are the focus of energy harvesting activity at Bath. In addition to Chris Bowen whose interests are smart energy materials and who is active in...

The power of good vibrations

A new paper published this month by UK researchers shows how solar cell efficiency can be boosted by up to 50% by harnessing acoustic vibrations in the environment, including those caused by...

Thermochromic Smart Window

Windows that can generate electricity as well as control their transparency and so control temperature are a challenge that seems to being met by a new development at Shanghai University's...

Thermophotovoltaic Technology

This is a new technology for me and I wondered what others knew about it. Apparently part of the reason that photovoltaics can only be 34% efficient at their maximum, and let's face it we're not...
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Practical information on energy harvesting and power management

  The popular press has been very good at hyping up energy harvesting so that the...