Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Energy harvesting - some unique applications

Mark Lesher, P.E.
Southwest Research Institute

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 PM

A variety of interesting techniques will be presented that have been used to extract useful energy in terrestrial or marine situations. This energy can often be extracted with minimal impact to the surrounding environment. The energy that is extracted can be used to power sensors such as temperature, voice, or other data, and to power transmitters of various types that have been developed at Southwest Research Institute. Microelectronics techniques allow such devices to be miniaturized and placed in inconspicuous places, while using extremely low power. Low power MEMS sensors are ideally suited to these energy harvesting techniques. The presentation will cover energy sources such as Piezoelectric, Isotope, Thermo-Electric, Human Sources, and others.

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