Harvesting Human Motion


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Membership level
2014-2015 Team
Team Name
Project Title
Harvesting Human Motion
Design Challenge
We are tasked with designing and creating a device that harvests electricity from human motion. Specifically, we are challenged to harness the intermittent kinetic energy of walking, convert it into a usable form, and store it in a battery.
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Design Summary
Our team has developed a device that harvests human mechanical energy and stores this energy in a lithium ion battery. We optimized previous designs by improving mechanical efficiency and integrating a power collection, conversion, and storage system. Additionally, the the device addresses the issues surrounding sustainable energy generation by generating and storing 1.3 Joules of clean energy every step. Updated 5/2/2015.
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Date Updated
Saturday, May 02, 2015
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  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Steven Rickman
Faculty Advisor 1 - Department
  • MECH
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Gary Woods
Faculty Advisor 2 - Department
  • ECE
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