Self sufficient wireless transmitter powered by foot-pumped urine operating wearable MFC

Taghavi, M., Stinchcombe, A., Greenman, J., Mattoli, V., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., Melhuish, C. and Ieropoulos, I. (2015) Self sufficient wireless transmitter powered by foot-pumped urine operating wearable MFC. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 11 (1). 016001. ISSN 1748-3182 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28366

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016001

Abstract/Description

The first self-sufficient system, powered by a wearable energy generator based on Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology is introduced. MFCs made from compliant material were developed in the frame of a pair of socks, which was fed by urine via a manual gaiting pump. The simple and single loop cardiovascular fish circulatory system was used as the inspiration for the design of the manual pump. A wireless programmable communication module, engineered to operate within the range of the generated electricity, was employed, which opens a new avenue for research in the utilisation of waste products for powering portable as well as wearable electronics.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is the accepted version of an article published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016001
Uncontrolled Keywords:microbial fuel cell, wearable, urine, foot pump, wireless transmitter, B-BiC, BBIC
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:28366
Deposited By: J.-M. Maheu
Deposited On:09 Mar 2016 10:34
Last Modified:20 Dec 2016 18:31

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