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Pyroelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting applications

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Abstract

This review covers energy harvesting technologies associated with pyroelectric materials and systems. Such materials have the potential to generate electrical power from thermal fluctuations and is a less well explored form of thermal energy harvesting than thermoelectric systems. The pyroelectric effect and potential thermal and electric field cycles for energy harvesting are explored. Materials of interest are discussed and pyroelectric architectures and systems that can be employed to improve device performance, such as frequency and power level, are described. In addition to the solid materials employed, the appropriate pyroelectric harvesting circuits to condition and store the electrical power are discussed.

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2014, accepted on 25 Jul 2014 and first published on 18 Aug 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE01759E
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014,7, 3836-3856

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    Pyroelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting applications

    C. R. Bowen, J. Taylor, E. LeBoulbar, D. Zabek, A. Chauhan and R. Vaish, Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 3836
    DOI: 10.1039/C4EE01759E

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