School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


31 Jan 2023

Doctoral researcher wins prize for solutions to energy harvesting for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future

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Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing PhD student, Sayed Masabi was awarded a third-place prize for the Best Paper Award in the Europe, Middle East and Africa category at The International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications.

The conference is in its 21st year and took place in Salt Lake City, UTAH between 12-5 December 2022. The primary focus of the event is to showcase innovation in micro and nanotechnology in support of power generation, conversion and storage applications, considering micro/nanosystem-enabled energy-efficient applications.

Sayed’s paper titled, "A Multi-Stable Rotational Energy Harvester using a Rolling Sphere and Magnetic Coupling for Ultra-Low Frequency Motions" presented a novel broadband rotational energy harvester for extracting electrical energy from ultra-low frequency motions present in human motion and wind turbine tower vibrations. Upon delivering his final presentation, Sayed defined the importance, novelty, operating principles and experimental achievements of his proposed energy harvester design.

The research is focused on developing broadband energy harvesting solutions to enable power autonomy in wireless sensing systems. He explains, “By establishing these solutions for self-powered sensing, it can have a tremendous impact on the fast-growing applications of the Internet of Things. Currently, tens of billions of objects are connected by the IoT via sensing systems. Providing power autonomy to these sensors by replacing batteries with energy harvesters provides a renewable and sustainable solution.”

“My background is in electrical engineering, and I have always been passionate about renewable energy and evolving technologies. The energy harvesting sector is important to me as it allows me to work in a field I am passionate about whilst continuing to address the challenges of sustainability in this area” Sayed explained.

Sayed attended the conference with his supervisor Dr Hailing Fu, lecturer in Electromechanical Systems in the Dynamics Research Group. He added “I feel honoured to have received the award. As researchers, we spend long hours in labs with the aim of developing solutions to the real-world challenges we are facing. It’s extremely rewarding to be recognised as a result of the hard work.”

Athena Swan Bronze award

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