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A study on piezoelectric energy harvester using kinetic energy of ocean

Authors
  • Na, Yeong-min1
  • Lee, Hyun-seok1
  • Park, Jong-kyu1
  • 1 Changwon National University, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Changwon, Korea , Changwon (South Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology
Publisher
Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication Date
Oct 23, 2018
Volume
32
Issue
10
Pages
4747–4755
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12206-018-0922-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Electricity generation through fossil fuels has caused environmental pollution. Accordingly, research on new renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal heat, etc.) to replace fossil fuels and solve this problem is in progress. These devices can consistently generate power. However, they have several drawbacks, such as high installation costs and limitations in possible set-up environments. Therefore, the piezoelectric harvesting technology, which is able to overcome the limitations of existing energy technologies, is actively being studied. The piezoelectric harvesting technology uses the piezoelectric effect, which occurs in crystals that generate voltage when stress is applied. Its advantages include a wider installation base and a lower technological cost. This study investigated a piezoelectric energy-harvesting device based on constant wave motion. This device can harvest power in a constant turbulent flow in the middle of the sea. The components of the device are circuitry, percussion bar, triple layer piezoelectric bender, bearing and rudder. A multiphysical analysis coupled with the structure and piezoelectric elements was also conducted to estimate the device performance. The analysis accuracy was improved by applying the impact energy to the bender calculated based on the shape of the wave in the East Sea. The proposed device’s performance was finally confirmed by experiments.

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