Graphene used to harvest energy from water, to power microsensors

Researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a new way to harvest energy from flowing water using graphene. This could lead the way towards self-powered microsensors used for oil exploration. The team demonstrated the harvesting of 85 nanowatts of power from a sheet of graphene measuring .03 millimeters by .015 millimeters.

It is the first research paper to result from the $1 million grant awarded in 2010 by the Advanced Energy Consortium.

Posted: Jul 19,2011 by Ron Mertens