A Novel Arch-Shaped Hybrid Composite Triboelectric Generator Using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers

Claire Lise Oney, Théo Outrequin, Cédric Hubert, Xue Yan, Mustafa Arafa, Nicholas Gathercole, Chris Rhys Bowen

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With the diminution of energy sources and the need for using cleaner energy, alternatives must be found. In addition, the desire to supply energy to autonomous low-power electronics has spurred interest in triboelectric materials. An arch-shaped hybrid carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite triboelectric device is fabricated, which employs a curved upper copper electrode and a flat lower polyimide layer, both of which are combined with CFRP materials. This device can be used as a triboelectric energy harvesting source for self-powered sensors that can be combined with fiber reinforced composite-based structures. A voltage up to 300 mV is produced, which can charge a capacitor to 250 mV. The ability to combine triboelectric and CFRP materials provides a new approach to integrate energy harvesting into engineering structures and manufacture robust harvesting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1801005
JournalEnergy Technology
Issue number6
Early online date25 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • arch-shaped devices
  • carbon fibers
  • composites
  • energy harvesting
  • triboelectric generators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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