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The Possibility of a High-efficiency Wave Power Generation System using Dielectric Elastomers

Version 1 : Received: 24 April 2021 / Approved: 26 April 2021 / Online: 26 April 2021 (13:09:45 CEST)

How to cite: Chiba, S.; Waki, M.; Jiang, C.; Takeshita, M.; Uejima, M.; Arakawa, K.; Ohyama, K. The Possibility of a High-efficiency Wave Power Generation System using Dielectric Elastomers. Preprints 2021, 2021040669 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0669.v1). Chiba, S.; Waki, M.; Jiang, C.; Takeshita, M.; Uejima, M.; Arakawa, K.; Ohyama, K. The Possibility of a High-efficiency Wave Power Generation System using Dielectric Elastomers. Preprints 2021, 2021040669 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0669.v1).

Abstract

Abstract: Power generation using dielectric elastomer (DE) artificial muscle is attracting attention because of its light weight, low cost, and high efficiency. Since this method is a system that produces electricity without emitting carbon dioxide nor using rare earths, it would contribute to the goal of environmental sustainability. In this paper, the background of DEs, the associated high-efficient wave energy generation (WEG) systems that we developed using DEs, as well as the latest development of its material are summarized. By covering the challenges we face and the achievements that we’ve reached, we can discuss the opportunities to build the foundation of a recycled energy society through the usage of these WEGs. On the other hand, to make these possibilities commercially successful, the advantages of DEs need to be integrated with traditional technologies. To achieve this, we also consider the method of using DEs alone and a system used in combination with an oscillating water column. Finally, the current status and future of DEGs are discussed.

Subject Areas

dielectric elastomer; generation; carbon dioxide free; rare earths free; high efficiency; CNT; high power; artificial muscle; actuator; large deformation

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