Introduction to Vibration Energy Harvesting

  • Elena BlokhinaEmail author
  • Abdelali El Aroudi
  • Eduard Alarcon
  • Dimitri Galayko


This chapter introduces and discusses the fundamental concepts of energy harvesting. In particular, we explain what energy sources are available in the environment and why vibration energy is so convenient for conversion. We also discuss the concept of the vibration energy harvester as a system: what structural blocks are required to facilitate vibration-to-electricity conversion. Finally, we explain the role of nonlinearity and how it can be used to improve the performance of energy harvesters.


Microbial Fuel Cell Energy Harvester Proof Mass Mechanical Resonator External Vibration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Blokhina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdelali El Aroudi
    • 2
  • Eduard Alarcon
    • 3
  • Dimitri Galayko
    • 4
  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.University Rovira I VirgiliTarragonaSpain
  3. 3.Universitat Politécnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.UPMC — Sorbonne UniversitiesParisFrance

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