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Simultaneous transformation of ambient heat and undesired vibrations into electricity via nanotriboelectrification during non-wetting liquid intrusion-extrusion into-from nanopores

Objective

Greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and rational energy use are civilization-scale challenges which need to be resolved urgently, in particular by the conversion of abundant waste heat and undesired vibrations into useful electricity. However, the low efficiency of existing conversion methods does not provide an attractive solution. Here we propose a new and highly efficient method and apparatuses for the simultaneous transformation of mechanical and thermal energies into electricity by using zero-emission nanotriboelectrification during non-wetting liquid intrusion-extrusion into-from nanoporous solids. To tackle these phenomena, we bring together a consortium of multidisciplinary teams specializing in physics, chemistry, material science and engineering to address the project by the state-of-the-art methods of MD simulations, high-pressure calorimetry and dielectric spectroscopy, materials synthesis and characterization, and prototype development. The FET-PROACTIVE call is a key solution to bring this early stage multidisciplinary concept to higher TRLs, fill in the large knowledge gaps in the solid-liquid contact electrification and heat generation during intrusion-extrusion as well as enable its full impact on EU innovation leadership, competitive market and energy sector security. The proposed method can be used for energy scavenging within a wide range of technologies, where vibrations and heat are available in excess (train, aviation, domestic devices, drilling, etc.). In particular, using European Environment Agency data we estimate that the use of the proposed approach only within the automobile sector can reduce the overall EU electricity consumption by 1-4% in 2050. With this regard, the final stage of the project implies regenerative shock-absorber development and field-testing for a drastic maximization of the maximum range of hybrid / electric vehicles.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA DE ENERGIAS ALTERNATIVAS FUNDACION, CIC ENERGIGUNE FUNDAZIOA
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 48 Parque Tecnologico De Alava
01510 Minano Alava
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 871 665

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 558 000
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF UKRAINE IGOR SIKORSKY KYIV POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 359 925
Address
Prospect Peremohy 37
03056 Kyiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET SLASKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 435 602,50
Address
Ul. Bankowa 12
40 007 Katowice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 746 001,25
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE EUROPE BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 680 187,50
Address
Industriezone Schurhovenveld 1037
3800 Sint Truiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)