Elisabetta Boco, a PhD student at the University of Limerick’s Stokes Laboratories, won the award for best paper at the SMARTGREENS International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, held recently in Lisbon, Portugal.
The SMARTGREENS conference brings together researchers, designers and practitioners working in the areas of smart cities, green information & communications technologies, sustainability, and energy-aware technologies.
Elisabetta is part of a research team working on vibrational energy harvesting, the scavenging of ‘free’ energy from the environment as a replacement for conventional batteries. Energy harvesters will enable ‘fit and forget’ sensors to record environmental variables such as temperature, humidity and pollution for a wide range of applications – energy efficiency in buildings, traffic management, control of industrial equipment, agricultural monitoring and so on.
The team is lead by Dr Jeff Punch, in close collaboration with Dr. Ronan Frizzell of Bell Labs Ireland, in a research partnership supported by Science Foundation Ireland’s CONNECT Centre.
The paper is entitled “Optimization of Coil Parameters for a Nonlinear Two Degree-of-Freedom Velocity-Amplified Electromagnetic Vibrational Energy Harvester”, and it is authored by Elisabetta Boco, Valeria Nico, Declan O’Donoghue, Ronan Frizzell, Gerard Kelly and Jeff Punch.