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Wearable triboelectric nanogenerator from waste materials for autonomous information transmission via morse code
journal contributionposted on 09.03.2022, 12:09 by Bhaskar Dudem, Ishara DharmasenaIshara Dharmasena, Raheel Riaz, Venkateswaran Vivekananthan, Upul Wijayantha-Kahagala-Gamage, Paolo Lugli, Luisa Petti, S Ravi P Silva
Electronic waste produced by plastic, toxic, and semiconducting components of existing electronic devices is dramatically increasing environmental pollution. To overcome these issues, the use of eco-friendly materials for designing such devices is attaining much attention. This current work presents a recycled material-based triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) made of plastic waste and carbon-coated paper wipes (C@PWs), in which the PWs are also collected from a waste bin. The resultant C@PW-based TENG is then used for powering low-power electronic devices and, later, to generate a Morse code from a wearable for autonomous communication. In this application, the end users decode the Morse code from a customized LabVIEW program and read the transmitted signal. With further redesigning, a 9-segment keyboard is developed using nine-TENGs, connected to an Arduino controller to display the 9-segment actuation on a computer screen. Based on the above analysis, our C@PW-TENG device is expected to have an impact on future self-powered sensors and internet of things systems.
Energy Harvesting Triboelectric Nano-Generators for the Internet-of-Things
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Royal Academy of Engineering under the Research Fellowship scheme
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering