Piezoelectric

 - Jan 29, 2008
References: groovygreen
In the 21st century we have seen numerous ways to create alternative energies. Some are much more popular than others (Eco Football), but throughout the thought process there seems to be a unique pattern in the sources of renewable energy, most of which are inspired by mother nature.

Piezoelectric is a science that produces energy as an object is bent, deformed, or stressed. According to Groovy Green “Scientists at the CEA/Leti-Minatec in Grenoble are looking at this technology as a way to harness the vibrations caused by falling raindrops. According to the article, the system works with raindrops ranging in diameter from 1 to 5 mm, and simulations show that it's possible to recover up to 12 milliwatts from one of the larger 'downpour' drops.”

Although the technology is still in the research stages, it will be interesting to see how they will bring Piezoelectric science into everyday life. Placing the technology in certain areas is the key in being able to harness the technology's maximum energy converting capabilities.

Next time you're at a basketball or tennis court or just about any sports complex:even the mall, keep an eye out for these new technologies.