Flutter-driven triboelectrification for harvesting wind energy

Jihyun Bae, Jeongsu Lee, Seongmin Kim, Jaewook Ha, Byoung Sun Lee, Youngjun Park, Chweelin Choong, Jin Baek Kim, Zhong Lin Wang, Ho Young Kim, Jong Jin Park, U. In Chung

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Technologies to harvest electrical energy from wind have vast potentials because wind is one of the cleanest and most sustainable energy sources that nature provides. Here we propose a flutter-driven triboelectric generator that uses contact electrification caused by the selfsustained oscillation of flags. We study the coupled interaction between a fluttering flexible flag and a rigid plate. In doing so, we find three distinct contact modes: single, double and chaotic. The flutter-driven triboelectric generator having small dimensions of 7.5×5cm at wind speed of 15 ms-1 exhibits high-electrical performances: an instantaneous output voltage of 200V and a current of 60 μA with a high frequency of 158 Hz, giving an average power density of approximately 0.86mW. The flutter-driven triboelectric generation is a promising technology to drive electric devices in the outdoor environments in a sustainable manner.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4929
JournalNature Communications
StatePublished - 2014 Jan 1

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    Bae, J., Lee, J., Kim, S., Ha, J., Lee, B. S., Park, Y., Choong, C., Kim, J. B., Wang, Z. L., Kim, H. Y., Park, J. J., & Chung, U. I. (2014). Flutter-driven triboelectrification for harvesting wind energy. Nature Communications, 5, [4929]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5929