Special Issue "Emerging Energy Conversion Technologies on Nanogenerator"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "H: Energy Fundamentals and Conversion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hengyu Guo
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Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China
Interests: nano-micro energy harvesting; self-powered sensing; energy storage
Prof. Dr. Zhen Wen
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Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
Interests: energy harvesting; triboelectric nanogenerator; self-powered sensing; flexible electronics
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Dr. Jie Chen
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College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 401331, China
Interests: triboelectric nanogenerator; self-powered system; power management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Utilizing the piezoelectric and triboelectric effect, the emerging nanogenerator (NG) has become an effective technology for converting mechanical energy into electricity, with the advantages of high efficiency in low frequency, simple structure, low cost, light weight, and abundant material selection to traditional electromagnetic generators. Different from the huge energy needs, NG aims at harvesting the distributed nano-micro energies for sustainable, independent, and maintenance-free operation of micro/nano-systems and mobile/portable electronics.

This Special Issue of Energies aims to cover the most recent advances in the materials, structures, and technologies for designing all kinds of NGs, and their potential applications in mechanical energy harvesting, self-powered sensor, blue energy and etc.

We welcome full papers, communications, and review articles emphasizing the broad scope of the topic.

Keywords

  • Nanogenerator 
  • Triboelectric 
  • Tribovoltalic 
  • Piezoelectric 
  • Pyroelectric 
  • Micro-nano energy 
  • Self-powered system 
  • Blue energy

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Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Harvesting Wind Energy: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives
Energies 2021, 14(21), 6949; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14216949 - 22 Oct 2021
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Throughout the world, wind energy is widely distributed as one of the most universal energy sources in nature, containing a gigantic reserve of renewable and green energy. At present, the main way to capture wind energy is to use an electromagnetic generator (EMG), [...] Read more.
Throughout the world, wind energy is widely distributed as one of the most universal energy sources in nature, containing a gigantic reserve of renewable and green energy. At present, the main way to capture wind energy is to use an electromagnetic generator (EMG), but this technology has many limitations; notably, energy conversion efficiency is relatively low in irregular environments or when there is only a gentle breeze. A triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), which is based on the coupling effect of triboelectrification and electrostatic induction, has obvious advantages for mechanical energy conversion in some specific situations. This review focuses on wind energy harvesting by TENG. First, the basic principles of TENG and existing devices’ working modes are introduced. Second, the latest research into wind energy-related TENG is summarized from the perspectives of structure design, self-power sensors and systems. Then, the potential for large-scale application and hybridization with other energy harvesting technologies is discussed. Finally, future trends and remaining challenges are anticipated and proposed. Full article
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