Renewable energy resources (i.e. wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal) are green alternatives, but have you ever thought about the radio waves and mobile phone signals travelling through the air that we don’t use?
Besides the environmental and economic benefits of recovering even a fraction of this untapped energy, harvesting and converting it into useable electrical energy could drive low-power electronics, like wireless sensor networks, wearable devices and the internet of things. Maintenance free, efficient and sustainable, batteries could become a relic of the past.
In collaboration with ESIGELEC in Rouen and the University of Kent, we are an integral part of the SURFAS consortium. Our group specialises in printable nanoelectronics for energy harvesting and RF applications. Our expertise and state of the art fabrication and characterisation facilities enable us to print electronic components and circuitry on flexible plastic and paper substrates from micrometre to centimetre scales.
We work with small and medium enterprises custom-making devices to suit each company's needs, as well as coordinating personnel training at partner institutions and further developing research themes for funding bodies, such as Innovate UK.