Nanogenerators could harness energy from car tires and greatly enhance efficiency

06/29/2015 - 00:00

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.

An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.

The researchers reported their development, which is the first of its kind, in a paper published May 6, 2015, in the journal Nano Energy.


Ref: Single-electrode triboelectric nanogenerator for scavenging friction energy from rolling tires.  Nano Energy (2015) | DOI:10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.04.026