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Piezoelectric Leaf Generator for Wind Energy Harvest

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Guitao Zhang, Richard Galos, Liang Zhou, Yong Shi

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Vincent Chen

High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Weihe Xu

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Paper No. DETC2014-35417, pp. V004T09A031; 4 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4635-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper, a piezoelectric leaf generator for harvesting wind energy was proposed, fabricated and tested. The leaf generator had a bimorph cantilever structure, with Su-8 as the protective supporting layer, and aligned lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanofibers as the active layer. Interdigitated electrodes were sputtered on top of the aligned PZT nanofibers to collect the generated charge. After fabrication of the leaf generator, it was tested in a wind tunnel with different wind incident angles and wind speeds. The maximum voltage output of the leaf generator was 820 mV when the wind speed was 17 m/s. The developed leaf generator does not need further bonding to the vibration source, which make it much easier for real applications. In addition, benefited from unique material properties of the PZT nanofiber such as flexible, robust, and high piezoelectric coupling ability, the leaf generator is promising for a high efficiency wind energy harvest.

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