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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 580;

3D Printed Materials Based Triboelectric Device for Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Electronics and Signal Processing Laboratory, EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory, EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 16 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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Energy harvesting and sensing triboelectric module based on 3D-printed materials have been developed. Rapid prototyping, 3D-printing method is used to prepare sheets of triboelectric materials and simple film casting technique is employed to deposit electrically conductive carbon based elastomeric composite on these dielectrics. The device exhibits capability to detect and harvest energy from mechanical deformation. The developed 3D printed triboelectric system, under tapping condition, provides the maximum rms power of 41.2 μW for the optimum load resistance of 6.1 MΩ that corresponds to the power density of 10.6 μW/cm2. The processing set the building-block towards fully printed triboelectric devices.
Keywords: triboelectricity; 3D printing; energy harvesting; sensing triboelectricity; 3D printing; energy harvesting; sensing
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Haque, R.I.; Farine, P.-A.; Briand, D. 3D Printed Materials Based Triboelectric Device for Energy Harvesting and Sensing. Proceedings 2017, 1, 580.

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