This device gathers, stores electricity in remote settings

A pyroelectrochemical (PEC) cell, is a device that converts thermal energy into electricity and stores it. Credit: Brian Maffly

Today wirelessly connected devices are performing an expanding array of applications, such as monitoring the condition of engines and machinery and remote sensing in agricultural settings. Systems known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), hold much potential for improving the efficiency and safety of the equipment.

Yet stumbling blocks remain for IoT, thwarting many potential applications. How do you power these devices in situations where and when reliable electrical sources are not practically available?
Research from the University of Utah’s College …

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