“Wearable Microgrid” Harvests Energy From Human Body to Power Electronic Gadgets

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The wearable microgrid uses energy from human sweat and movement to power an LCD wristwatch and electrochromic device. Credit: Lu Yin Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a “wearable microgrid” that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing. The technology, reported in a paper published today (March 9, 2021) in Nature Communications, draws inspiration from community microgrids. “We’re applying the concept of the microgrid to create wearable systems that are powered sustainably, reliably and independently,” said co-first author Lu Yin, a...

XENDEE Microgrid Cloud Computing Platform Announced as 2021 Edison Awards Finalist for Critical Human Infrastructure

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The XENDEE Microgrid Cloud Computing Platform has been announced as a category winner in the 2021 Edison Awards for Critical Human Infrastructure. XENDEE was selected this year from a group of more than 7,000 products and services and will be earning either the gold, silver or bronze award for their category. The award ceremony itself takes place on Thomas Edison’s birthday, April 22nd, at the Luminary Hotel in Fort Myers, Florida. “This year saw the integration of an incredible amount of new features into the XENDEE platform, both from a technical and useability standpoint,” remarked Scott Mitchell, MSCS, Chief Software Architect at XENDEE. “We are proud to receive this award and look forward to creating more of the features that can help designers and decision makers revamp Critical Human Infrastructure in...