24 Jun 2020
The future of free, portable energy: Wearable technology that powers your devices as you move
Thanks to a breakthrough in energy harvesting technology by researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Surrey, small, flexible generators which convert movement into electricity could be the future of free and unlimited energy.
In partnership with the University of Surrey, scientists from Loughborough University have created a unique device, based on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) which generate electricity from motion. Until now, this method for electricity generation has been incompatible with many day-to-day electronic devices, due to their inability to produce a constant current.
However, a team of researchers, led by Dr Ishara Dharmasena, of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute, have found a way to produce a direct current (DC) from a unique TENG design, creating a steady flow of electricity and opening up the potential for real-world applications.