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Advanced Humidity to Electricity Converter

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.
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Coordinator

UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO

Address

Campus Da Caparica Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 243 000

Participants (8)

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NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES MINES D'ALES

France

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 58 500

LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 135 000

DONETSK INSTITUTE FOR PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING NAMED AFTER O.O. GALKIN OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCESS OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 135 000

SOLENE-R

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

Blueorizon - Projectos de Engenharia, Unipessoal, Lda

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

NANOTECHCENTER LLC

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

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BELARUSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691010

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    30 November 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 873 000

  • EU contribution

    € 873 000

Coordinated by:

UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO

Portugal