Energy harvesting is the process by which ambient energy is captured and converted into electricity for small autonomous devices, such as satellites, laptops and nodes in sensor networks making them …
Energy harvesting is the process by which ambient energy is captured and converted into electricity for small autonomous devices, such as satellites, laptops and nodes in sensor networks making them self-sufficient. Although energy harvesting applications reach from vehicles to the smart grid, the majority of the value this year is in consumer electronic applications, where energy harvesters have been used for some time.
Energy harvesting, otherwise known as power harvesting or energy scavenging includes photovoltaics, thermovoltaics, piezoelectrics and electrodynamics, among other options, which are now being used in a wide variety of applications. The technology has reached a tipping point, because the necessary lower power electronics and more efficient energy gathering and storage are now sufficiently affordable, reliable and longer lived for a huge number of applications to be practicable.
From wind-up laptops for Africa, wireless light switches working from the power of your finger and wireless sensors in oil fields monitoring equipment power by vibration - these are all in use now with many more applications emerging.
Market segments using Energy Harvesting
This report covers the following market segments with detailed ten year forecasts of each:
Other portable consumer electronics - Calculators, toys, piezo gas lighters, electronic car keys, electronic apparel etc
Wireless sensor mesh networks
Other Industrial -Mainly buildings, machinery, engines, non-meshed wireless sensors and actuators
Military and aerospace excluding WSN
Healthcare - Implants, disposable testers and drug delivery etc
Other - Research, animals, farming etc
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