Researchers at the Stokes Research Laboratory at the University of Limerick have developed and patented a novel technology for harvesting vibrational energy for low power industrial applications. Stokes Laboratories, is launching a spin-out vibrational energy harvesting company, Stokes Power, to commercialize this innovative technology and to exploit the full market potential.
The VEH-1 harvester, a multimodal nonlinear oscillator, consists of a multi-mass combination which exploits a novel velocity amplification principle to enhance the performance of a mechanical-to-electrical transducer. The harvester can be used to indefinitely provide power to self-contained sensor devices for a range of purposes related to the Internet of Things (IoT) – for example, energy management in buildings, process monitoring, security, and medical devices – and, as such, it has potentially significant commercial value for a range of application areas.
This work is funded by Enterprise Ireland’s commercialization fund. For further information see here.
Contact: Dr Valeria Nico