30 Jun '15, 11am

Nanogenerator harvests energy from the friction of rolling tires

Nanogenerator harvests energy from the friction of rolling tires

While we are all hoping that electric vehicles become the standard personal transportation mode over gasoline cars in the near future, for now, the majority of cars being made require gas and most of us that own cars, own one with an internal combustion engine. Automakers have made great gains over the past decade or so when it comes to fuel efficiency, but there's room for more improvement. Researchers at University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed a technology that will help boost gas mileage now and improve EV range in the future. The team has designed a nanogenerator that harnesses energy from rolling tires, basically reusing the energy that is generally lost through friction . "The friction between the tire and the ground consumes about 10 percent of a vehicle's fuel," said Xudong Wang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison. "T...

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