Taster talk: Energy harvesting

Dr Hamideh Khanbareh tells us how we can create small amounts of power from the world around us.

‘Energy harvesting technology is providing us with battery-free solutions. Batteries have a short life span, they are costly to maintain and they have recycling issues.’
Dr Hamideh Khanbareh Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Learning outcomes

  • the benefits of generating electricity on a small scale
  • how we can use the environment around us to generate power
  • the main four types of energy harvesting technologies
  • how we can create new piezoelectric materials to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy

Meet the presenter

Find out more about Hamideh's job, what inspired her to become an engineer and what the future of the sector will look like.


Download a teaching activity for this talk

Discuss energy harvesting with your class