Triboelectric Energy Generation for the Army Public
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Our project team, partnering with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Soldier Center, aims to explore the use of triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) for use in portable energy production and storage for the Army. By utilizing two different materials, each connected to separate electrodes, a voltage can be generated from electrostatic induction and the triboelectric effect. When these materials engage in cycles of contact and separation, mechanical energy is collected and converted to electrical power, which can be stored or used in self-powered electronics. In this project, the performance of eight different DEVCOM textiles is evaluated as triboelectric materials for implementation in wind and impact-based applications. After developing final prototypes for each application, the Stepping Tribo-Electric Power (STEP) TENG was created to simulate a realistic impact application by integrating the STEP in a shoe.
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