Harvesting Kinetic Energy – This video presents the science of generating electricity using Teflon sheets and kinetic motion such as rubbing or sliding. The electricity made from some simple small scale examples is used to light LED’s or turn a motor. The current produced can also be used to control devices. The technology comes from an unusual source namely Disney Research.
Maybe a new type of battery-less mouse for your computer. Could arrangements of Teflon larger sheets be used to harness wind or wave power in an economical way?
Braking energy in an electric car comes to mind as another possible use for this technology.
See what you think. Here is the original text supplied by the video producers.
We present a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy is then used to actuate LEDs, e-paper displays and other devices to create interactive applications for books and other printed media.