Ocean wave energy is an abundant resource of clean energy. However, having explored for decades, there is still lacking efficient and economical technologies to convert water wave energy into electricity for large-scale applications. A team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a new type of wave energy harvester, hierarchically structured triboelectric nanogenerator (HS-TENG), based on the triboelectric effect, targeting to harvest the huge blue energy for large-scale deployments. The wave energy converter HS-TENG is inspired by the “matryoshka dolls”, also called “stacking dolls”. Read the full Science Direct article.
This work is supported by the start-up fund from Michigan State University, MSU AgBioResearch, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch Project.