Energy Harvesting: Technology, Methods and Applications

Renee Williams (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: TEC031010




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In the last decades the increasing need to produce energy in nontraditional ways has led to researchers searching for cheap and environmentally safe sources of energy. This has caused a growing interest in Energy Harvesting, which is a science that tries to capture energy provided by wind, rain, or other natural vibrations to convert it into a different more useful form of energy. The first chapter of this book studies a model which simulates a ‘small’ cantilever beam, and evaluates the optimal thickness for the cantilever, comparing the reaction to wind force of difference devices with the same shape but different thickness of piezoelectric layer.

Chapter two discusses three energy conversion schemes with special emphasis placed on micro electret-based electrostatic energy conversion mechanisms. Chapter three studies modeling on piezoelectric energy harvesting from pavements under traffic control. Chapter four investigates the Aero/hyrdro elastic phenomena such as Fluttering, Galloping, Buffering, and Vortex Induced Vibration for energy harvesting. Chapter five introduces the concept of energy harvesting from water systems, and the established technologies and projects under development to recover energy from water networks are presented. Chapter six examines a piezoelectric power supplier for underwater applications, which is optimized to feed magnetic sensors. The final chapter describes a novel power generation from algae based on the combination of exergy recovery and process integration technologies. (Imprint: Nova)

pp. vii-ix

Chapter 1
Comparative Studies of Piezoelectric Harvester Devices
(Giuseppe Acciani, Filomena Di Modugno, Giancarlo Gelao, DEI, Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy)
pp. 1-18

Chapter 2
Micro Electret-Based Power Generator for Ambient Vibrational Energy Harvesting
(Kai Tao1, Sun Woh Lye, Jianmin Miao, and Xiao Hu, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and others)
pp. 19-54

Chapter 3
Modeling on Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Pavements under Traffic Loads
(Hong-Jun Xiang, Zhi-Wei Zhang and Zhi-Fei Shi, School of Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China)
pp. 55-82

Chapter 4
Energy Harvesting by Hydro/Aero Elastic Phenomena in Small Scale
(Ali Bakhshandeh Rostami, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
pp. 83-110

Chapter 5
Energy Harvesting in Water Systems
(Giacomo Ferrarese and Stefano Malavasi, D.I.C.A. Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
pp. 111-128

Chapter 6
A Piezoelectric Power Supplier for Autonomous Underwater Sensors
(Andrea Perelli, Rodolfo Zunino, Fabio Rossi, Viscusi Agata, Department of Naval, Electric, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy)
pp. 129-146

Chapter 7
Novel Power Generation from Algae: Combination of Energy Recovery and Process Integration
(Muhammad Aziz, International Research Center of Advanced Energy Systems for Sustainability, Solutions Research Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan)
pp. 147-172

pp. 173-180

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