Energy harvesting technologies

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Energy harvesting refers to the conversion of unused ambient energy into useful electrical energy. Ambient energy can be harvested from a variety of sources, such as light, electromagnetic wave, thermal, and mechanical vibrations. Whilst energy harvesting technologies have been explored for more than two decades as an alternative to conventional power sources for low-power applications, such as wearable electronics and wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting is now becoming a key enabling technology for a plethora of applications ranging from aerospace to automotive, from Internet of Things to building automation and structural health monitoring.

This collection aims to gather the latest advances on the development and application of energy harvesting technologies for self-powered systems. We will consider research in the fields of engineering, electronics, energy, materials science, chemistry, physics and computer science.

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To submit your manuscript for consideration at Scientific Reports as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. On the first page of our online submission system, under “I’m submitting:” select the option “any other article type”. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting “Guest Edited Collection”, under the “Choose the appropriate manuscript type” message, and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the manuscript information, select the "Energy harvesting technologies" Collection from the alphabetical list on the “Springer Nature Subject Category” tab. Authors should express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Accepted papers are published on a rolling basis as soon as they are ready.

In addition to papers on Energy harvesting technologies, Scientific Reports welcomes all original research in the field of energy science and technology. To browse our latest articles in energy science and technology click here.

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