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MANpower - Energy Harvesting and Storage for Low Frequency Vibrations

Objective

Energy harvesting at low frequency has proven to be difficult to achieve in the past because of the properties of the materials that the devices are fabricated from. In particular the stiffness of conventional silicon and all piezoelectric materials makes it exceedingly difficult to make a system that can operate below 100Hz. There are many sources of low frequency vibrations e.g. human motion, the motion of ships, and traffic; so an Energy Harvester that can operate in this frequency range would have a large commercial potential and extensive opportunities for future exploitation. This multi disciplinary project proposal addresses the lack of durable energy harvesting systems in this frequency range. With primary objectives of the project being the development of materials and devices for;
• Low frequency tunable energy harvesting device and
• High energy density compact supercapacitors for energy storage with secondary objectives being:
- The necessary electronics to connect them and make them work efficiently
- Packaging technologies that will integrate the full system and make it biocompatible
- A study of component reliability and models that can project their lifetime
- An end of life study and an environmental impact assessment
Perpetually self powered electronic systems that can be implanted into the human body is the application area that we have targeted for demonstration of this technology, because there are a clear set of requirements which will motivate the design, fabrication and test of the system under consideration. The two primary objectives present a range of novel and substantial materials challenges in both making the components, achieving a reliable unattended operational extended lifetime and ensuring that the devices are not toxic to the host that they are implanted into. While the secondary ones will facilitate an appropriate demonstration of the technology and ensure its usefulness after the project has been completed.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 995 224
Administrative Contact
Conor Delaney (Mr.)

Participants (8)

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 429 726
Address
Rossa Avenue Bishopstown
T12 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nigel O Keeffe (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 269 994
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurent Nelissen (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 708 550
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
SORIN CRM SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 356 500
Address
Avenue Reaumur 4
92140 Clamart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Renzo Dal Molin (Mr.)
3D PLUS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 378 067
Address
Rue Helene Boucher Zi 408
78530 Buc
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Monteau (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD
France
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Rue Georges Clemenceau 15
91405 Orsay Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Lecompte (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 378 460
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Myriam Witvrouw (Dr.)
COMMUNICRAFT LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 170 418
Address
Lombard Street West 46
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colm O'riordan (Mr.)