Fabricated micro thermoelectric
A paper on microsystems for energy scavenging and
power generation from environmental sources was presented by a group of
students and faculty from the University of Michigan and Michigan
Technological University at the 2008
Int. Conference on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems (COMS 2008),
which was held in Puerto Vallarta in Sept. 2008, and won the Best
Paper/Presentation Award. The paper is entitled "Micro Energy Scavengers,"
and authors are Edward Romero,
Prof. Michael Neuman,
and Prof. Robert
Warrington from Michigan Tech, and Tzeno Galchev, Ethem Aktakka,
Niloufar Ghafouri, Hanseup Kim, and
Prof. Khalil Najafi from
Micropower environmental energy harvesting generators offer an
alternative source of energy for many emerging applications of miniature
instruments used in health care, environmental monitoring, security, energy
conservation and exploration, and a myriad of consumer electronic devices.
Harvesting energy from various environmental sources has been an area of
research focus at the NSF ERC on Wireless
Integrated Micro Systems Engineering Research Center (WIMS). Micro
energy harvesters based on piezoelectric, electromagnetic, thermoelectric
techniques from both vibration and heat sources are being developed. This
research and the collaboration between Michigan and Michigan Tech is
supported by the WIMS Center.
COMS is an international conference on micro- and nanotechnology
commercialization and education. It was created for those who bring emerging
small technologies from concept to the marketplace. COMS is the signature
event for MANCEF, the Micro and
Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation.
NSF ERC on Wireless Integrated Microsystems (wimserc.org)
E. Romero, T. Galchev, E. Aktakka, N. Ghafouri, H. Kim, M. Neuman, K.
Najafi, and R. Warrington, "Micro Energy Scavengers," Electronic
Proceedings of the 2008 Int. Conference on Commercialization of Micro and
Nano Systems (COMS 2008), Puerto Vallarta, Sept. 2008, Best
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