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Kinetic / thermal energy for operation of positioning and sensor units on wild animals

Reference number
Coordinator Followit Sweden AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 75 609
Project duration October 2017 - December 2017
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme Electronic Components and Systems:
Call Electronic Components and System. Research and Innovation Projects. Studies 2017.

Purpose and goal

The aim of the application was to gain knowledge of opportunities and challenges with a kinetic / thermal energy component. The component should be used in environments where charging / replacing battery is complicated. The project is specifically aimed at extracting energy from animal movement or animal body temperature.

Expected results and effects

The result of the project shows that it is possible to extract energy from the animal´s movement or the body´s body temperature. Energy harvesting is low. If kinetic and thermal energy harvesting is an advantage to use on animals, each energy-harvesting unit needs to be designed for each animal species, as both animal species and the environment affect the effectiveness. The project shows that in thermal energy harvesting would need 7 year to generate the same energy as an AA lithium tionyl chloride (LiSOCI2) battery. For kinetic energy, it would take significantly longer time.

Planned approach and implementation

The project has managed to show what challenges are with energy harvesting and that it is not possible with today´s technology to generate enough energy for 1 year that corresponds to an AA lithium tionyl chloride (LiSOCI2) battery. It is also clear that thermal energy has much higher potential than kinetic energy. In an ev. Continuation of the project will be done in cooperation with a zoo, as tests in fields and on different animal species will be a key part to succeed.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2017-03562

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