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Cornell's Energy Materials Center (emc2) has just signed a memorandum of understanding with Ithaca's MicroGen Systems LLC to develop "self-charging" batteries, which use background shaking and stirring as their energy source.
The battery will look like a microchip, but with a vibrating core, and it will harness energy from almost anything that shakes. Applications for the self-charging batteries include smart energy systems for industrial equipment, lighting control, infrastructure applications for monitoring the structural integrity of bridges and roads, and energy for monitoring onboard vehicle systems.
The memorandum establishes the framework for MicroGen Systems to receive critical financial support from the New York state-designated Center for Future Energy Systems for the project, along with the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility and emc2.
Paul Mutolo, Cornell researcher and director of external partnerships for the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, said that green energy start-up companies align with the goals of CFES and emc2.
"Companies like MicroGen help our local community build and retain high-value jobs, and their technology will help us transition to a smarter, more efficient energy system. MicroGen is looking forward to strong growth, we are delighted to have them as one of our collaborating companies."
Robert Andosca, founder and president of MicroGen said: "Overcoming the battery bottleneck is key. Providing a green, virtually infinite power source to replace traditional energy sources will significantly expand applications for wireless sensor networks and other technologies. Our micro-generator technology will enable the wireless sensor network industry to grow significantly."
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