Harvesting vibration energy by a triple-cantilever based triboelectric nanogenerator

Weiqing Yang, Jun Chen, Guang Zhu, Xiaonan Wen, Peng Bai, Yuanjie Su, Yuan Lin, Zhonglin Wang

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Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), a unique technology for harvesting ambient mechanical energy based on triboelectric effect, have been proven to be a cost-effective, simple and robust approach for self-powered systems. Here, we demonstrate a rationally designed triple-cantilever based TENG for harvesting vibration energy. With the assistance of nanowire arrays fabricated onto the surfaces of beryllium-copper alloy foils, the newly designed TENG produces an open-circuit voltage up to 101 V and a short-circuit current of 55.7 μA with a peak power density of 252.3 mW/m2. The TENG was systematically investigated and demonstrated as a direct power source for instantaneously lighting up 40 commercial light-emitting diodes. For the first time, a TENG device has been designed for harvesting vibration energy, especially at low frequencies, opening its application as a new energy technology. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880-886
Number of pages7
JournalNano Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • harvesting vibration energy
  • self-powered systems
  • triboelectric nanogenerator
  • triple-cantilever

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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