Fujitsu laboratories announced today the advent of a single device that can harness energy from light or heat, a process which previously required two separate devices. I imagine companies looking to target eco-chic consumers already have their wheels spinning on bankable applications like energy collecting fleeces.
About Energy Harvesting
Energy harvesting is the process for collecting energy from the surrounding environment and converting it to electricity, and is gaining interest as a future next-generation energy source. Conventionally, electricity is supplied by either a power plant or a battery, requiring electrical wiring and replacement batteries. In recent years, the idea of using ambient energy in the forms of light, vibration, heat, radio waves, etc. has become increasingly attractive, and a number of methods to produce electricity from these different kinds of energy sources have been developed. Energy harvesting technology would eliminate the need for replacing batteries and power cords.
Via: Akihabara News
- New Fujitsu Device Harvests Energy From Both Heat And Light (crunchgear.com)
- Fujitsu hybrid energy harvester makes power from light or heat, gets us closer to human batteries (engadget.com)