Researchers at Louisiana Tech Create Breakthrough Energy Harvesting Device

harvesting waste heat for electricity

Researchers at Louisiana Tech University have successfully fabricated a breakthrough energy harvesting device,which utilizes waste heat energy from electronic gadgets to power them.Dubbed the CNF-PZT Cantilever, the device consists of a carbon nanotubeon a cantilever base of piezoelectric material.

The carbon nanotube film absorbs heat and forces the piezoelectriccantilever to bend, which then generates an electric current in thematerial. The device is so small that thousands of small CNF-PZTCantilever devices can be designed into devices, allowing them toharvest their own wasted energy.

Via: Treehugger


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