A Low-cost Approach for Measuring Energy Generation from Triboelectric Nanogenerators

(De Gruyter) – Increased demand for energy has lead to increased research and development in the areas of energy conversion and generation. In particular sustainable energy technologies such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and fuel cells have received a large degree of funding and interest.

Recently, triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) appear to be the next big trend with development exponentially expanding the past 5 years. TENGs are expected to be a prominent alternative energy-harvesting source in the near future.

TENGs convert mechanical energy into usable electric power.

Despite rapid progress in TENG development and applications, the start-up cost of research equipment and components remains high.

A substantial portion of that cost comes from the preamplifier. The preamplifer is a necessary component for measuring the output current of a TENG.

The authors present a low-cost device able to measure the TENG output current. Output current is an important parameter in characterizating TENG electrical energy generation. This alternative approach is expected to enable research groups in the future to offset initial expenses for TENG research therefore accelerating their development and use.

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Edited for Content and Length by Dr. Matthew A. Hood.

The  full article can be found at De Gruyter in the journal of Nanotechnology Reviews.

DOI: 10.1515/ntrev-2017-0178

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