ERC Experiences Strong Student Participation in Energy-Harvesting Project for Self-Powered Sensors
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Minnesota, has had very strong participation from REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) students on a project known as the Hydraulic Pressure Energy Harvester (HPEH).
There have been both paid REUs and volunteer REUs, but they all shared in contributing to the overall success of the project. A key measure of the contribution of the REU students is that every single device prototype (six generations, with 9 distinct test articles) has been designed, fabricated, and tested by these students. The REU students developed and demonstrated the first HPEH-powered wireless sensor (see figure).