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|About||ENHANCE allows cooperation, know-how sharing between leading research institutions across Europe focused on MEMS compatible energy harvesting.|
The ENHANCE project brings together 7 European universities and 6 industrial partners in cutting-edge hybrid systems science spanning from materials to end-user products.
They will efficiently join their research efforts in chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanics, engineering and electronics to overcome the present technical limitations in enabling harvesters with high-power density, offering stabilized output voltage and the ability to adapt this technology to specific needs of sensors with high autonomy and working in high temperature ranges.
ITN Enhance Project - Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research & Innovation - Grant number: 722496
The Initial Training Network (ITN) ENHANCE: Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems has the objective to create an interdisciplinary, structured programme to form 13 young PhD researchers that will carry out their research both in universities and industry partners.
The research topics focus on energy harvesters "for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems". ENHANCE creates a multidisciplinary joint research activity, implying chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanics, engineering and electronics. The multidisciplinary research activity will be considerably more efficient than the uncoordinated efforts of individual partners bypassing the present limitations to enable harvesters with high-power density and their systems.
For instance, achieving stabilized output voltage in 1-3 V range and adapted to specific needs of sensors with high autonomy and working in temperature ranges from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C in vehicles.
Moreover, the project aims at developing hybrid scavenging of energies already available in the cars (heat (Th)– light (Lt) - vibrations (Vi)), use multiple conversion effects (piezoelectric (Pi) - pyroelectric (Py) – electromagnetic (EM) – photovoltaic (PV)) by the same transducer - heterostructure based on piezoelectric/ferroelectric/multiferroic crystals, films or nanostructures and not by adding multiple individual transducers into one package.
From the industrial point of view it aims at offering time-cost efficient and simplified fabrication of hybrid systems, create systems of vibrational/thermal/light energy scavengers not only with sufficient efficiency of energy scavenging (300- 500 μW/cm2/g2), but also with reasonable price and viable technologies of fabrication and integration for real industri