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Advanced Humidity to Electricity Converter

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - HUNTER (Advanced Humidity to Electricity Converter)

Reporting period: 2017-12-01 to 2019-11-30

Within 4 years or the project implementation Work Package (WP)1 “Innovative nano-sized composites Design”, WP2 “Mechanism Elaboration”, WP3 “Device Assembling”, WP4 “Device Testing”, WP5 “Corrective Actions” and WP6 “HUNTER Prototype” were successfully accomplished. Completed activity was performed by mobility of 43 researchers implemented 182.89 -person months of secondments from 194 person months planned.
The specific Objectives of the HUNTER project were devising complementary methods and innovative approaches in the renewable energy field, namely in the area of electricity generation from a highly innovative source (atmospheric humidity) by means of cooperation between Researchers, Engineers and SMEs Partners.
The main HUNTER project R&D objective was to deliver an innovative, affordable and applicable renewable energy solution via the development of energy-efficient humidity-to-electricity converters.
Within reporting period, the following progress was achieved: the Milestones M1 “Reference onset of the Innovative NMs”, M2 “Conceptual analytical model delivery” M3 “HUNTER device specification”, M4 “Optimized HUNTER device” and M5 “HUNTER lab-scale prototype delivery”. Scientific details are reflected in Deliverables D1 – D9, D11, D15, D18 – D20. Therefore, TRL 4 Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment achieved.
Work accomplished, and knowledge transfer/training delivered during first two project years reinforced and strengthened the existing bilateral scientific links [PT–UA; PT–UA, FI–BY, PT FR] and transform them into a larger network which includes all partners.
It should be noted that during past two years of the project implementation elaborated results were mainly related to the WP3-WP6. Thus, the main goal of the project namely, lab-scale prototype of converter device has been achieved.
WP1 performed during first 16 months of the project lifetime. DIPE led in collaboration with NOVA ID, BSU, LUT, Blueorizon and Solene-R. Elaborated materials and composites used to be subjected to the detailed characterization within the WP2 and WP3 implementation on Mechanism Elaboration, Device Assembling leading.
Reference onset materials was identified and used for work in the following WPs implementation. These results are in details described as First Periodic Reports and Deliverables D1.1 “Protocol on produced NMs”, and D1.2 “Protocol on NMs characterization”. From total of 30 PMs planned the 29.5 PMs are implemented.
WP2 performed during 20 months. ENSTIMA led in collaboration with all partners. Results elaborated in the WP1 implementation were used to the evaluation of the overall HUNTER System Operation Mechanism.
Mechanism of humidity to electricity conversion process has been elaborated. These results are described as D2.1 “Protocol on hetejojunction characterization and corrective actions”, D2.2 “Simulated physical parameters of device” and D2.3 “Protocol on operation mechanism of the "humidity-to- electricity" system and on potential HUNTER system performance”. From total 48 PMs planned the 45 PMs are implemented.
WP3 performed during 10 months. The UNINOVA led in collaboration with BSU, BLUEORIZON, and ENSTIMA. Elaborated test devices were subjected to the WP4 implementation on Device Testing.
Device Assembling has been attested and optimized. These results are in details described as D3.1 “NMs deposition and device structure optimization”. From total of 26 PMs planned for WP3 implementation the 24 PMs (92%) are implemented.
WP4 performed for 16 months. BSU led in collaboration UNINOVA, NOVA ID, LUT and DIPE. Results were subjected to the WP5 implementation on Corrective Actions.
All scientific data reflected in deliverable D4.1 “Technological recommendations on system components design.” and D4.2 “Protocol on information to correlate systems design with electronic properties and systems performance”. From total 34 PMs planned the 32.5 PMs (96%) are implemented.
WP5 performed during project lifetime. UNINOVA led in collaboration with all partners. The corrective actions were carried out according to the results obtained within the WP2 and WP4 implementation. Work within WP5 is divided by two tasks. Task 5.1: Corrective actions on the HUNTER system design and Task 5.2 Coordination of the progress monitoring and risk assessment.
All scientific data reflected in deliverables elaborated under WP6 implementation. From total of 32 PMs planned for WP5 implementation the 29 PMs (91%) are implemented.
WP6 performed for the last 12 months. NOVA ID led in collaboration with the UNINOVA, ENSTIMA, DIPE, SOLENE-R, BLUEORIZON BSU and NANOTECH. Work within WP6 was focused on Task 6.1 Prototype elaboration. Task 6.2 Patent preparatory work. All scientific data in details reflected in deliverables elaborated under WP6 implementation namely, D6.1 “Technical documentation, for HUNTER development and Production design work Protocol”, D6.2 “Technical documentation and technological requirements for device production” and D6.3 “Patent application”. From total of 24 PMs planned for WP6 implementation the 22 PMs (92%) are implemented.
It should be noted that for the final period of the project HUNTER device prototype has been created and tested additionally, patent has been submitted. Obtained results has been presented in over 30 international conferences, 25 peer-reviewed publications and 1 non-scientific publication, created project website, and researchgate page. Thus, until reporting period 1000 persons viewed project information.
The HUNTER project has developed the revolutionary power device that convert humidity into electrical charge.
A key scientific outcomes achieved within HUNTER project implementation are: development of humidity to electricity technology prototype, formulation of basic principles of such conversion technology and preparation for the technology commercialization.
Expected socio-economic impact
The HUNTER project it strongly relevant to the priorities and objectives of the Future of European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, ERDF investment priority Research, technological development and innovation, by:
• developed excellence and R&I capacity by creation of the nanomaterials-based humidity to electricity conversion technology aimed at its practical implementation for electric energy harvesting.
• established advanced consortium, which facilitates innovative R&I; thus, making a step towards promotion center of competence and international collaboration on NANOENGINEERING activities toward renewable energy production.
• transfer the developed technology to the End-Users to insure social innovation (in progress)
• raising attractiveness in R&I sector for industrial investment (in progress)
• joints advanced S&T human resources, stimulating networking and clustering aimed at further application for a support from the Structural Funds.
• supporting research and applied technology, first production in key enabling technologies exploring the cross-sector potential of nanotechnologies and advanced materials to drive competitive advantage and sustainability to the of European research and industry.
• promoted substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, and encourages new productive lines of inquiry, products and processes, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between nanomaterials, renewable energy, environmental and engineering sciences.
Figure 1.5. a) Schematic representation of the generation of active oxygen by zirconia nanoparticle
Fig.1 Potential of renewable energy sources of the world
Figure 1.4. Low temperature N2 adsorption-desorption on ZrO2+4 %mol Y2O3, chloride technology sample
Figure 1.6. Typical adsorption isotherm and corresponding fitting (left - BET, right - GAB) example
Figure 1.3. Typical SEM image of the tablet specimen cross-section.
Figure 1.1. a) Compression process; b) construction of compressed “tablet” specimens – 1 and graphit
Figure 1.2. TEM image of ZrO2 -3mol% Y2O3 of a) 7-9 and b) 50 nm nanopowder prepared at, 400 °C and