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Advanced Humidity to Electricity Converter

Objective

The HUNTER project will develop revolutionary power devices that convert humidity into electrical charge (hygroelectricity), thereby contributing to the European technology and creativity through joint R&D and R&I multisectorial and international cooperation activities supported by knowledge sharing. The devices will harvest electricity from atmospheric humidity and supply a current, such as solar cells capture sunlight and generate electrical power. The successful realization of the project is assured by implementing a coordinated network of knowledge sharing in materials science, physics and chemistry; by solidifying the state-of-the-art understanding in nanoelectronics and by applying bottom-up nanoengineering approaches via an international and inter-sector collaboration of highly qualified researchers from Portugal, France, Finland, Ukraine and Belarus. Both technological (nanoelectronic device fabrication) and fundamental (charge transport mechanisms) issues will be assessed by this multidisciplinary consortium.
The successful realization of this project will lead to scientifically substantiated principles for the development of a new generation of functional materials and, consequently, to the creation of advanced nanoelectronic devices.
Within the HUNTER project, the consortium will implement research/innovation activities by means of functional secondments and organizing training courses, workshops and summer schools aimed at sharing knowledge, acquiring new skills and developing the careers of the consortium members. Sharing the culture of research and innovation, the HUNTER project will allow applying recent advancements in nanotechnology and materials science to the realization of the creative idea of Nikola Tesla (1932) of “capturing electricity from the air”. This vision will be performed in practice by innovative “humidity-to-electricity” devices, which will enhance the range of known renewable energy sources by a new atmospheric humidity source.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nanoelectronics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO
Address
Campus Da Caparica Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 243 000

Participants (7)

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 157 500
Address
Campus De Caparica Faculdade De Ciencias E Tecnologia Da Universidade Nova De Lisboa
2829 516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM
France
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
19 Place Marguerite Perey
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DONETSK INSTITUTE FOR PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING NAMED AFTER O.O. GALKIN OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCESS OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Nauki Av. 46
03028 Kiev
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOLENE-R
France
EU contribution
€ 63 000
Address
14 Boulevard Charles Peguy Innov'ales Batiment 3
30319 Ales
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Blueorizon - Projectos de Engenharia, Unipessoal, Lda
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Madan Parque, Campus Da Fctunl, Monte Da Caparica
2825-149 Caparica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NANOTECHCENTER LLC
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
3 Krzhizhanovsky Str.
03680 Kiev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

BELARUSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Belarus
Address
Nezavisimosti Av 4
220050 Minsk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

Participation ended

United States
Address
Colorado Street 601
78701 2982 Austin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments