BlueEnergy – Large scale blue energy harvesting using hybrid triboelectric/photovoltaic systems for the long term deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Reference: UTAP-EXPL/NTec/0021/2017

This project aims to develop the first hybrid energy harvesting system to be installed in the ocean and enable the long term deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

This achievement could foster the continuous monitoring of environmental and human activities in remote oceanic locations, a key objective of the Azores International Research Center.

Title Large scale blue energy harvesting using hybrid triboelectric/photovoltaic systems for the long term deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
Reference UTAP-EXPL/NTec/0021/2017
Scientific Area Nanotechnologies
Funding 99 737,00€
Leading Institution Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP)
Participating Institutions The University of Austin at Texas (UT Austin) 
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESC TEC)
Duration 12 months
Begin date 1st October, 2018
Key Words Energy Harvesting, Triboelectric Nanogenerators, Solar Energy, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Project Team

João Ventura

Principal Investigator in Portugal
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Edward Yu

Principal Investigator in Austin
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Statements

"This research project takes advantage of the synergies between the involved institutions to develop new energy generation technologies to be used in the Ocean. We will use the possibilities opened by nanotechnology and nanomaterials for the large-scale development of photovoltaic modules and triboelectric nanogenerators that can sustain Oceanic environments. These developments could also act as a first step towards the implementation of large networks of hybrid generators to act as distributed power sources."

Principal Investigators