Nano Research

, Volume 6, Issue 12, pp 880–886 | Cite as

Harvesting vibration energy by a triple-cantilever based triboelectric nanogenerator

  • Weiqing Yang
  • Jun Chen
  • Guang Zhu
  • Xiaonan Wen
  • Peng Bai
  • Yuanjie Su
  • Yuan Lin
  • Zhonglin WangEmail author
Research Article


Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), a unique technology for harvesting ambient mechanical energy based on triboelectric effect, have been proven to be a cost-effective, simple and robust approach for self-powered systems. Here, we demonstrate a rationally designed triple-cantilever based TENG for harvesting vibration energy. With the assistance of nanowire arrays fabricated onto the surfaces of beryllium-copper alloy foils, the newly designed TENG produces an open-circuit voltage up to 101 V and a short-circuit current of 55.7 μA with a peak power density of 252.3 mW/m2. The TENG was systematically investigated and demonstrated as a direct power source for instantaneously lighting up 40 commercial light-emitting diodes. For the first time, a TENG device has been designed for harvesting vibration energy, especially at low frequencies, opening its application as a new energy technology.


triboelectric nanogenerator harvesting vibration energy triple-cantilever self-powered systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiqing Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jun Chen
    • 1
  • Guang Zhu
    • 1
  • Xiaonan Wen
    • 1
  • Peng Bai
    • 1
  • Yuanjie Su
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuan Lin
    • 2
  • Zhonglin Wang
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin films and Integrated DevicesUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina
  3. 3.Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and NanosystemsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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