Energy harvesting materials: overview

Rashidi, S., Karimi, N. and Hormozi, F. (2020) Energy harvesting materials: overview. In: Encyclopedia of Smart Materials. Elsevier. (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.12112-5)

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The rapidly growing concerns about climate change and the environmental issues of traditional energy resources have led to search for sustainable energy technologies. Energy harvesting includes a range of technologies to capture freely available energy from the environment and convert it to more useful forms including electrical, thermal, and mechanical energies. The efficiency and performance of energy harvesting techniques are directly related to the characteristics of the employed materials. This article discusses the major attributes and potentials of different materials employed in energy harvesting technologies. An introduction to the basic concept of energy harvester technologies is provided with a brief discussion on the mechanism of each material to harvest energy. The article further includes sections on piezoelectric, thermoelectric, magnetic, graphene, ferroelectret, thermoelastic and photovoltaic materials as used in energy harvesting technologies.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karimi, Dr Nader
Authors: Rashidi, S., Karimi, N., and Hormozi, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering

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