TruTest – Energy Harvesting Unit for the Farm Environment
Industry partner: Trutest
The project investigated how energy can be recovered from animal movements and used in animal-worn sensors or systems that animals walk over. The focus was on augmenting TruTest’s existing product which was having issues on farms, due to the use of large wires and water seepage causing project failure. The ultimate goal for the product would be to develop a system to self-energise the load cell.
After analysis Jonathan worked to develop a prototype using piezoelectric elements, which generates electrical energy through the physical deformation of a material. This negates the need for external wiring.