Energy Harvesting and Storage for Electronic Devices 2011-2021

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  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) July 29, 2011 - Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to power small electronic or electrical devices. This report looks at the full range of energy harvesting technologies, covering technical progress, applications, performance criteria still to be met, and ten year forecasts. It covers progress with energy storage devices - such as supercapacitors and batteries. Details of suppliers and universities around the world are given along with appraisal of the market for these devices and opportunities for developers. Ten year forecasts by application and technology are given.

    Energy harvesting, otherwise known as power harvesting or energy scavenging, uses ambient energy to power small electronic or electrical devices. That includes photovoltaics, thermovoltaics, piezoelectrics and electrodynamics, among other options, which are now being used in a wide variety of applications. The technology has reached a tipping point, because the necessary lower power electronics and more efficient energy gathering and storage are now sufficiently affordable, reliable and longer lived for a huge number of applications to be practicable. From wind-up laptops for Africa, wireless light switches working from the power of your finger and wireless sensors in oil fields monitoring equipment power by vibration - these are all in use now with many more applications emerging.

    However, there are further mountains to climb in order to achieve self powered wireless sensors monitoring forest fires, pollution spillages and even inside the human body and in the concrete of buildings. These applications will become commonplace one day. Even devices with maintenance-free life of hundreds of years can now be envisaged. Meanwhile, bionic man containing maintenance free, self-powered devices for his lifetime is an objective for the next few years. IDTechEx find that the total market for energy harvesting devices, including everything from wristwatches to wireless sensors will rise to over $4 billion in 2021.

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    How do these things work? Which technologies have the most potential now and in the future? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Which countries have the most active programs and why? What are the leading universities, developers, manufacturers and other players up to? What alliances exist? What are the timelines for success? All these questions and more are answered in this report.

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