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Issue 8, 2015
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Progress in triboelectric nanogenerators as a new energy technology and self-powered sensors

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Abstract

Ever since the first report of the triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) in January 2012, its output area power density has reached 500 W m−2, and an instantaneous conversion efficiency of ∼70% and a total energy conversion efficiency of up to 85% have been demonstrated. We provide a comprehensive review of the four modes, their theoretical modelling, and the applications of TENGs for harvesting energy from human motion, walking, vibration, mechanical triggering, rotating tire, wind, flowing water and more as well as self-powered sensors.

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Submitted
17 May 2015
Accepted
18 Jun 2015
First published
18 Jun 2015

Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 2250-2282
Article type
Review Article
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Progress in triboelectric nanogenerators as a new energy technology and self-powered sensors

Z. L. Wang, J. Chen and L. Lin, Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 2250
DOI: 10.1039/C5EE01532D

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