Researchers at Vienna University of Technology, working in collaboration with EADS Innovation Works, have developed an energy harvesting module that can leverage the temperature change of a planes fuselage created when it takes off and lands to power sensors that can monitor the structural health of the aircraft. (Source: Vienna University of Technology)
Ah, interesting, vimalkumarp, to know that there is a variety of research in this area. Although I shouldn't be surprised, as it has a lot of potential. Good luck and keep us posted when you publish your research.
Ann, Thanks a lot for this informative post I really liked the idea of using tepmerature differences and harvesting energy for sensors . If this technology works well than this will be a very big asset in terms of harvesting energy .
Charles not only vibrations but there are many different methods of harvesting energy in order to charge the cell phones, Iphones,ipods etc. Once i have read that dance floors were designed in an special way to generate energy , In UK footpath stiles are designed to generate energy and that energy is used to light the street lights,Special shot pockets designed to charge cell phones, Iphones etc on go . I guess the technology of generating energy is on the boom and in future many innovative and interesting methods will be developed .
Not commuting in the traditional to-work-and-back sense, Liz, but to colleges and back. I live in Illinois and have one son in college in Iowa and another in Minnesota. Long round-trips make for great opportunities to harvest vibration energy.
Seems like you could get some pretty good vibration from a lot of places around the vehicle -- the floor, firewall, dashboard, stereo speakers. I don't know how much current you'd get from that, but if you're driving five or six hours, it doesn't seem like charging an iPod should be out of the question. I realize not everyone drives for five or six hours at a time (as I frequently do), but for those of us who do, we might as well put our car's vibrations to work.
Hey, yeah, I commented on your other comment about car vibrations. But you're right, there should be a way to do that! Perhaps something through the engine to the radio system? I am not an engineer myself and don't know how that would be possible, but there has to be a way, I'm sure, Chuck. What a great idea.
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