Reviving Vibration Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sensing by a Triboelectric Nanogenerator

Jun Chen, Zhong Lin Wang

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Vibration energy harvesting and sensing is a traditional and growing research field in which various working mechanisms and designs have been developed for an improved performance. Relying on a coupling effect of contact electrification and electrostatic induction, in the past 5 years, triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) has been applied as a fundamentally new technology to revive the field of vibration energy harvesting and self-powered sensing, especially for low-frequency vibrations such as human motion, automobile, machine, and bridge vibrations. The demonstrated instantaneous energy conversion efficiency of ∼70% and a total efficiency up to 85% distinguished TENG from traditional techniques. In this article, both TENG-enabled vibration energy harvesting and self-powered active sensing are comprehensively reviewed. Moving toward future development, problems pressing for solutions and onward research directions are also posed to deliver a coherent picture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-521
Number of pages42
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 10 2017
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Research was supported by the Hightower Chair foundation, KAUST, and the “thousands talents” program for pioneer researcher and his innovation team, China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant nos. 51432005, 5151101243, 51561145021).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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