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Piezoelectric energy harvesing: Developments, challenges, future

The days when piezoelectric energy harvesting was considered unreliable and had low power output are long gone. Hand in hand with the development of ultra low power electronics, energy harvesters have been drastically improving also. In only a few years, piezoelctric harvesting power has grown exponentially.

Microstrain, founded by a UVM graduate, and recently acquired by the Lord Corporation, integrates peizoelectric energy harvesters in a variety of industrial applications. While Microgen, a spin out from UVM, is looking at making peizoelectric harvesters mini, generating microwatts of power for wireless sensor networks, for example. Read full story

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