Triboelectric effect in energy harvesting

Logothetis, I, Vassiliadis, Savvas and Siores, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2971-9580 (2017) Triboelectric effect in energy harvesting. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 254 (042021). ISSN 1757-8981

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With the development of wearable technology, much research has been undertaken in the field of flexible and stretchable electronics for use in interactive attire. The challenging problem wearable technology faces is the ability to provide energy whilst keeping the endproduct comfortable, light, ergonomic and nonintrusive. Energy harvesting, or energy scavenging as it is also known, is the process by which ambient energy is captured and converted into electric energy. The triboelectric effect converts mechanical energy into electrical energy based on the coupling effect of triboelectrification and electrostatic induction and is utilized as the basis for triboelectric generators (TEG). TEG's are promising for energy harvesting due their high output power and efficiency in conjunction with simple and economical production. Due to the wide availability of materials and ease of integration, in order to produce the triboelectric effect such functional materials are effective for wearable energy harvesting systems. Flexible TEG's can be built and embedded into attire, although a thorough understanding of the underlying principle of how TEG's operate needs to be comprehended for the development and in incorporation in smart technical textiles. This paper presents results associated with TEG'S and discusses their suitability for energy harvesting in textiles structures.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 08:07
Identification Number: 10.1088/1757-899X/254/4/042021

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