Winchester, UK - Ceramic components manufacturer, Morgan Technical Ceramics, (Stourport, UK) is undertaking a Shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnership (sKTP) project with Glyndwr University (Wrexham, Wales) which will last 26 weeks, is to design and build an energy harvesting demonstration system that will provide a renewable source of energy.
Morgan Technical Ceramics is an expert in piezo electric ceramics in many markets and applications, including ultrasonic cleaning and welding, sonar and medical imaging. The company is now carrying out pioneering research to create a system based on piezo electric devices connected to a mat that will collect and store energy from footfall for reuse. The project will specifically look at how to best match the electronics to the piezo ceramic to develop more efficient energy harvesters.
The company is working with academics at Glyndwr University to prove this alternative energy source by constructing a proof of concept prototype. Morgan Technical Ceramics turned to the University for its expertise in computer aided design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis, electrical power systems, power electronics and PCB design which are essential for this new application area.
"Industry is under increased pressure to find alternative renewable energy sources and to improve energy efficiency," said Dr Ashley Darby, Business Manager " Piezo Shapes, Morgan Technical Ceramics. "By carrying out this sKTP in collaboration with Glyndwr University we can share our knowledge and expertise to innovate and identify opportunities for energy harvesting utilizing piezo electric ceramics."
Samantha Clutton, Business Engagement Executive, Glyndwr University, said: "This project will allow us to learn from each other and together we can push boundaries in the field of energy harvesting."
sKTPs, which are part-funded by the UK Government, enable companies to gain access to qualified people and experts within the UK's universities to help take an organization forward and work in new areas. Through undertaking this sKTP both organizations can promote practical usage of alternative energies.