Powerboard Smart Building Technology
UW-Madison researchers have developed energy harvesting floor materials that combine fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) technology with recycled natural materials, like wood pulp and cardboard fibers. Footfalls on this material generate an appreciable amount of electricity that can be harnessed for use and enable monitoring of foot traffic. Under heavy foot traffic, the potential for high power output and energy conversion efficiency make these flooring products feasible as an eco-friendly, efficient and affordable technology for green building and infrastructure.
Principal Investigator: Xudong Wang
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