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Energy harvesting from aperiodic low-frequency motion using reverse electrowetting

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Mechanical energy harvesting can provide a promising alternative to electrochemical batteries, which are currently widely utilized to power mobile electronics. In this work we present a theoretical analysis of a recently proposed method of mechanical energy harvesting, which combines a reverse electrowetting phenomenon with the fast self-oscillating process of bubble growth and collapse. We investigate the details of the bubble dynamics and analyze the dependence of the energy generation process on the system parameters. The results demonstrate that self-oscillation frequencies of several kHz are possible, which can lead to very high power generation densities in excess of 104 W m−2. The obtained results indicate the possibility of high-power energy harvesting from mechanical energy sources with very low frequencies, well below 1 Hz.

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The article was received on 13 Dec 2016, accepted on 03 Jan 2017 and first published on 03 Jan 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00253F
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2017, Advance Article
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    Energy harvesting from aperiodic low-frequency motion using reverse electrowetting

    T. Hsu, J. A. Taylor and T. N. Krupenkin, Faraday Discuss., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00253F

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