Nonlinear Energy Harvesting

A new article by the NiPS Lab is out.
The article presents a new technology for improved efficency in energy harvesting.

This new approach is based on the exploitation of nonlinear oscillators and opens up a new scenario in energy harvesting. Ambient energy harvesting has been in recent years the recurring object of a number of research efforts aimed at providing an autonomous solution to the powering of small-scale electronic mobile devices. Among the different solutions, vibration energy harvesting has played a major role due to the almost universal presence of mechanical vibrations.

In a recent research conducted at the Noise in Physical Systems (N.i.P.S) Laboratory at the Physics Department of the University of Perugia (Italy) L. Gammaitoni and his co-workers developed a new method based on the exploitation of the dynamical features of stochastic nonlinear oscillators. They have shown that such a method can outperform standard linear oscillators and overcomes some of the most severe limitations of existing approaches. See our research area for more information. PDF of the article available at: http://www.nipslab.org/files/PhysRevLett_102_080601.pdf