What is energy harvesting? Energy harvesting, also known as energy scavenging, is the process of collecting small amounts of ambient energy from an outside source and repurposing it to power small electrical devices. Ambient energy is energy that is natural, non-electrical in nature, and is self-regenerating or renewable.
Until alternative sources of fuel are widely accepted and utilized in society, we will continue to rely on the mining, oil, and gas industries to produce and deliver our fuel supply. Shifting economic demands, environmental restrictions, and growth of commercial and residential developments have forced wells, plants, drilling operations, and refineries to be “off the grid” and located where there is no access to electrical power. In order to function normally and safely, they must maintain operations 24 hours a day and be completely self-reliant in terms of generating electricity - this means they need to use batteries and generators as their primary energy sources. Easy right? What about their declining energy efficiency because of waste heat?Continue reading →
A recent experiment done by researchers from Stanford University in California tries to expand on the viability of adapting solar panel technology to create electricity and energy from the night sky. This study has been documented by Science Alert and offers unique perspectives on identifying another potential source of renewable power. Essentially, researchers were making photodiodes contained in the solar panels “work backwards” in an attempt to generate power from a cold source.Continue reading →
Over time, scientists and engineers have found ways to integrate new technologies into our everyday lives. We have fitness watches, smartphones, sleep trackers, and more, but these devices aren’t attached to us at all times. People get sick of fitness watches, forget to track each night of sleep, and although we typically keep our smartphone within arm’s length, they are not as essential to us as the clothes we wear. Think about it, your clothes are the one thing you could never function in society without.Continue reading →
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of integrated computing devices or sensors that transmit data over a network. These devices can be controlled and monitored remotely. But how is this intricate network powered and sustained?Continue reading →
In a time where people are consuming the Earth’s resources at the fastest rate ever, finding alternate power sources is a great way to help create sustainable energy. A sustainable energy solution such as energy harvesting provides an environmentally friendly way to harness natural energy. Energy harvesting provides several benefits and has become a proven solution for the rapidly depleting resources on our planet.Continue reading →
Without realizing it, you likely come across examples of energy harvesting regularly. For instance, wind turbines convert wind into usable energy. Solar panels convert sunlight into energy. Hydroelectric dams make use of converting flowing water into energy. Other sources of energy harvesting include mechanical displacement and vibration.Continue reading →
Replacing batteries is the bane of my existence.
They always seem to go dead right when I’m comfortably settled on my couch, or leave me stranded in an empty parking lot on the way home from work. The right size of batteries is never available when I need it. So, if I ever catch that dumb little Energizer bunny beating a drum … well, you get the point.Continue reading →