Energy Harvesting Technologies for Developing Countries - PROJECT FILLED

About the project or challenge area

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.

How to apply

Please note this project has been filled. If you have any questions, please contact

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Alicia Gonzalez-BuelgaSenior Research and Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Engineering. You can contact her at +44 (0) 117 331 5554 or email

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