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Energy Harvesting Technologies for Developing Countries

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Gonzalez-Buelga
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Reliable electric power is key to development. In this project several alternatives of micro-power generation from vibration will be studied for application in developing countries. The aim of the project is to design a prototype able to harvest enough energy to power a personal device. The prototype must be portable and cheap.

Why Choose this Opportunity
In this project you will have the opportunity to learn about different mechanics of energy harvesting from vibration: electromagnetic and piezoelectric. Also, you will use your creativity for finding the right scenario where the harvesters are going to be used (playground, dancing schools!) You will have the opportunity to gain numerical analysis and modelling skills as well as experimental analysis doing testing in the dynamics laboratory.

About You
Knowledge about vibrations is fundamental: natural frequency, damping ratio, etc. Knowledge about low powered electronics will be an advantage. Experience on experimental testing, dynamical and electrical will be an advantage.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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