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Title: Harvesting mechanical and thermal energy by combining nanowires and phase change materials

Abstract

A system is disclosed for harvesting at least one of mechanical or thermal energy. The system may have a flexible substrate, a plurality of electrically conductive nanowires secured to the substrate, and a plurality of electrically conductive metal layers. The metal layers may be disposed on the substrate and spaced apart from one another along a length of the substrate. The metal layers may be in electrically conductive contact with various ones of the nanowires. At least two of the metal layers may be attachable to an external device. At least one of movement or flexing of the substrate produces an output voltage across the metal layers.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568384
Patent Number(s):
10298152
Application Number:
15/133,764
Assignee:
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01L - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F03 - MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS F03G - SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA OR LIKE MOTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 04/20/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Radousky, Harry B., Qian, Fang, and Wang, Yinmin. Harvesting mechanical and thermal energy by combining nanowires and phase change materials. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Radousky, Harry B., Qian, Fang, & Wang, Yinmin. Harvesting mechanical and thermal energy by combining nanowires and phase change materials. United States.
Radousky, Harry B., Qian, Fang, and Wang, Yinmin. Tue . "Harvesting mechanical and thermal energy by combining nanowires and phase change materials". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568384.
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