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Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 30, 2009
RF harvesting from ambient sources

RF harvesting from ambient sources

Researchers at Intel, Seattle, have demonstrated harvesting RF power from a TV transmission tower to power a commercially available thermometer/hygrometer with LCD display.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 29, 2009
Printed harvesting in Hong Kong

Printed harvesting in Hong Kong

Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx reports from Hong Kong on just a few examples of printed electronics and energy harvesting developments in this vibrant city.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 28, 2009
Solar powered waterproof mobile phone

Solar powered waterproof mobile phone

Japan's KDDI Corporation will soon release a new mobile phone featuring a solar panel embedded in its lid for recharging the battery.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 27, 2009
Microbial fuel cell powered by blood

Microbial fuel cell powered by blood

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada have created a fuel cell that can be powered by human blood.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 24, 2009
Personal health monitoring systems

Personal health monitoring systems

An application of micro-power harvesting is wearable health monitoring systems such as blood pressure monitoring systems, EEG and ECG.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 23, 2009
Energy harvesting - which technology wins

Energy harvesting - which technology wins

Energy harvesting is popularly defined as converting ambient power to electricity to make small devices self-sufficient, often for decades. Even hundreds of years of life is in prospect.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 22, 2009
Notes on Electrochemical Energy Storage meeting London 21 April

Notes on Electrochemical Energy Storage meeting London 21 April

This one day meeting at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London was staged jointly with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Here we report on two of the lectures which concerned devices that will increasingly interface with energy harvesting - rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 21, 2009
Soldier-worn portable power management system

Soldier-worn portable power management system

The two-port energy scavenger efficiently harvests power from solar panels, primary batteries, automobile batteries and battery chargers and other found power sources in order to charge equipment for continued use.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 20, 2009
Energy harvesting toy car

Energy harvesting toy car

Loopwing and Tamiya have collaborated to create a craft model car that teaches the mechanism of wind power generation.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 17, 2009
Novel solar concentrator

Novel solar concentrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers report a new approach to harnessing the sun's energy that could allow windows to not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also to use sunlight to efficiently help power the building they are part of.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 16, 2009
Energy harvesting knee brace

Energy harvesting knee brace

An energy-capturing knee brace can generate enough electricity from walking to operate a portable GPS locator, a cell phone, a motorized prosthetic joint or an implanted neurotransmitter.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 15, 2009
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles

Energy harvesting for electric vehicles

"All car manufacturers will offer pure electric vehicles within 2-3 years" this being driven by government incentives and the fact that the new impregnated lithium ion batteries are perfectly safe and have much improved performance with further to go.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 14, 2009
Power saving light-emitting diodes

Power saving light-emitting diodes

Cambridge University (Dr Colin Humphrey) has come up with a reliable way to deposit gallium nitride on much cheaper silicon wafers, which they estimate could cut production costs to a tenth of what they are at the moment.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 13, 2009
Harvesting needed for robot flies

Harvesting needed for robot flies

Robert Wood, an assistant professor of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University has developed a revolutionary fabrication technique that allows engineers to make a range of very tiny parts for any kind of robot resulting in a life-size robotic fly.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 10, 2009
Harvesting tolerant electronics

Harvesting tolerant electronics

A low-power microchip developed at the University of Michigan uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode and 10 times less in active mode than comparable chips now on the market.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 9, 2009
Flexible solar energy harvesting

Flexible solar energy harvesting

Cymbet Corporation and Konarka Technologies are combining their unique solar energy capture, energy conversion and energy storage technologies to demonstrate advanced solar energy harvesting techniques.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 8, 2009
Energy harvesting moves from theory to adoption

Energy harvesting moves from theory to adoption

There are several conferences on the theoretical aspects of energy harvesting and they have an important function to perform. However, in 2009, the subject is finally coming of age with widespread early adoption and market pull after so many years of little more than supplier push.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 7, 2009
Electricity produced from waste heat

Electricity produced from waste heat

Thermoelectric materials can generate electricity from waste heat which escapes through vehicle exhaust pipes, industrial equipment, and computer chips, but so far the materials have not been efficient and have been too expensive to be widely used.
External Company Press Release
Integrated inkjet roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing solution

Integrated inkjet roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing solution

iTi Solar has been selected by Solarcoating Machinery GmbH (ScM) of Germany, a supplier of turnkey production line solutions for flexible solar cell fabrication, to provide the first digital inkjet system for its integrated roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing production line.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 6, 2009
Thermal energy harvesting and perpetual power supplies

Thermal energy harvesting and perpetual power supplies

Thermoelectric power generation is based on a heat flux through a thermoelectric element or a thermogenerator.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 30, 2009
RF harvesting from ambient sources

RF harvesting from ambient sources

Researchers at Intel, Seattle, have demonstrated harvesting RF power from a TV transmission tower to power a commercially available thermometer/hygrometer with LCD display.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 28, 2009
Solar powered waterproof mobile phone

Solar powered waterproof mobile phone

Japan's KDDI Corporation will soon release a new mobile phone featuring a solar panel embedded in its lid for recharging the battery.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 24, 2009
Personal health monitoring systems

Personal health monitoring systems

An application of micro-power harvesting is wearable health monitoring systems such as blood pressure monitoring systems, EEG and ECG.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 22, 2009
Notes on Electrochemical Energy Storage meeting London 21 April

Notes on Electrochemical Energy Storage meeting London 21 April

This one day meeting at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London was staged jointly with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Here we report on two of the lectures which concerned devices that will increasingly interface with energy harvesting - rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 20, 2009
Energy harvesting toy car

Energy harvesting toy car

Loopwing and Tamiya have collaborated to create a craft model car that teaches the mechanism of wind power generation.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 16, 2009
Energy harvesting knee brace

Energy harvesting knee brace

An energy-capturing knee brace can generate enough electricity from walking to operate a portable GPS locator, a cell phone, a motorized prosthetic joint or an implanted neurotransmitter.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 14, 2009
Power saving light-emitting diodes

Power saving light-emitting diodes

Cambridge University (Dr Colin Humphrey) has come up with a reliable way to deposit gallium nitride on much cheaper silicon wafers, which they estimate could cut production costs to a tenth of what they are at the moment.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 10, 2009
Harvesting tolerant electronics

Harvesting tolerant electronics

A low-power microchip developed at the University of Michigan uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode and 10 times less in active mode than comparable chips now on the market.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 8, 2009
Energy harvesting moves from theory to adoption

Energy harvesting moves from theory to adoption

There are several conferences on the theoretical aspects of energy harvesting and they have an important function to perform. However, in 2009, the subject is finally coming of age with widespread early adoption and market pull after so many years of little more than supplier push.
External Company Press Release
Integrated inkjet roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing solution

Integrated inkjet roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing solution

iTi Solar has been selected by Solarcoating Machinery GmbH (ScM) of Germany, a supplier of turnkey production line solutions for flexible solar cell fabrication, to provide the first digital inkjet system for its integrated roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing production line.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 29, 2009
Printed harvesting in Hong Kong

Printed harvesting in Hong Kong

Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx reports from Hong Kong on just a few examples of printed electronics and energy harvesting developments in this vibrant city.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 27, 2009
Microbial fuel cell powered by blood

Microbial fuel cell powered by blood

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada have created a fuel cell that can be powered by human blood.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 23, 2009
Energy harvesting - which technology wins

Energy harvesting - which technology wins

Energy harvesting is popularly defined as converting ambient power to electricity to make small devices self-sufficient, often for decades. Even hundreds of years of life is in prospect.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 21, 2009
Soldier-worn portable power management system

Soldier-worn portable power management system

The two-port energy scavenger efficiently harvests power from solar panels, primary batteries, automobile batteries and battery chargers and other found power sources in order to charge equipment for continued use.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 17, 2009
Novel solar concentrator

Novel solar concentrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers report a new approach to harnessing the sun's energy that could allow windows to not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also to use sunlight to efficiently help power the building they are part of.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 15, 2009
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles

Energy harvesting for electric vehicles

"All car manufacturers will offer pure electric vehicles within 2-3 years" this being driven by government incentives and the fact that the new impregnated lithium ion batteries are perfectly safe and have much improved performance with further to go.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 13, 2009
Harvesting needed for robot flies

Harvesting needed for robot flies

Robert Wood, an assistant professor of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University has developed a revolutionary fabrication technique that allows engineers to make a range of very tiny parts for any kind of robot resulting in a life-size robotic fly.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 9, 2009
Flexible solar energy harvesting

Flexible solar energy harvesting

Cymbet Corporation and Konarka Technologies are combining their unique solar energy capture, energy conversion and energy storage technologies to demonstrate advanced solar energy harvesting techniques.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 7, 2009
Electricity produced from waste heat

Electricity produced from waste heat

Thermoelectric materials can generate electricity from waste heat which escapes through vehicle exhaust pipes, industrial equipment, and computer chips, but so far the materials have not been efficient and have been too expensive to be widely used.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Apr 6, 2009
Thermal energy harvesting and perpetual power supplies

Thermal energy harvesting and perpetual power supplies

Thermoelectric power generation is based on a heat flux through a thermoelectric element or a thermogenerator.
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