Energy harvesting

Energy harvesting devices convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. They are of great interest to supply small autonomous systems such as embedded sensors.

CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES has developed several types of piezoelectric actuators displaying interesting properties for vibration and shock energy harvesting.  Among them, Amplified Piezoelectric Actuators (APA®) combined with a mass operating in a proof mass mode are especially interesting piezoelectric generators : 

  • The APA® are able to bear large external vibrations because of their internal preload and their good high electromechanical coupling factor.
  • The proof mass resonant frequency can be adjusted to the frequencies of the vibration source by selecting the appropriate APA® among a wide range of stiffnesses and by adapting the added mass.

Using this approach and its standard actuators, CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES can easily define customised piezo generators for vibration or shock energy harvesting.

CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES has also developed complete energy harvesting devices including the electronics.  One of the examples given hereafter consists in a piezo generator used to supply a sensor embedded on aircraft and its RF emitter to broadcast the sensor signal.

To learn more about our components and systems for Energy Harvesting see our related publications.

 

Speed Sensor

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Description
Self supplied speed sensors, power generators for MESSIER BUGATTI, A380 AIRBUS aircaft. Customized development.
Applications
Energy harvesting, Automotive, Machine Tool, Aerospace, ABS Anti-lock Braking Systems ...
Status
Proof of concept

Vibration Energy Harvesting with APA400M-MD

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Description
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES's Amplified Piezoelectric Actuators are deemed candidate to harvest efficiently mechanical vibrations
Applications
Vibration Electric Energy Harvesting...
Status
Prototype

Shock Energy Harvesting with APA60SM

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Description
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES has conceived a complete mechanisme to transform shock energy into electrical energy, allowing to power a transmitter
Applications
Shock Electric Energy Harvesting Transmitter
Status
Prototype

WINTUR EC FP7 European R&D project : Energy havesting on Wind turbine blades

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Description
WINTUR=In-situ wireless monitoring of on-and offshore WINd TURbine blades using energy harvesting technology ; The project involves TWI, Optel, Smart Material, CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES, Estonian Wind Power Assoc., Wintur, Solent Composite, BCF, Southern & Scottish Energy, Zenon, KTU.
Applications
Energy harvesting; piezo generator ; sensor ; health monitoring ; Wind turbine
Status
Concept