SURE2010: Energy Harvesting Using Piezo Electric Devices

Piezoelectric crystals are small devices that convert mechanical stress into electric potential, which can ultimately be used to convert oscillating mechanical motion into a continuous power source. This project involves utilizing piezoelectric technology as an energy harvester for battery replacement in portable applications or as an alternative energy source. Piezoelectric crystals will be characterized with different mechanical excitations to quantify their theoretical maximum efficiencies. Power electronic circuits will be designed that interface to the piezoelectric devices to convert the energy into a more useful form for storage.
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