The project
The Innovative Training Network (ITN) ENHANCE: Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems has the objective to create an interdisciplinary, structured programme to form 13 young PhD researchers that will carry out their research both in universities and industry partners. The research topics focus on energy harvesters "for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems".
ENHANCE creates a multidisciplinary joint research activity, implying chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanics, engineering and electronics

The multidisciplinary research activity will be considerably more efficient than the uncoordinated efforts of individual partners bypassing the present limitations to enable harvesters with high-power density and their systems.

For instance, achieving stabilized output voltage in 1-3 V range and adapted to specific needs of sensors with high autonomy and working in temperature ranges  from room temperature (RT) to  600 °C  in vehicles.

Moreover, the project aims at developing hybrid scavenging of energies already available in the cars (heat (Th)– light (Lt) - vibrations (Vi)), use multiple conversion effects

(piezoelectric (Pi) - pyroelectric (Py) – electromagnetic (EM) – photovoltaic (PV)) by the same transducer - heterostructure based on piezoelectric/ferroelectric/multiferroic crystals, films or nanostructures and not by adding multiple individual transducers into one package.

From the industrial point of view it aims at offering time-cost efficient and simplified fabrication of hybrid systems, create systems of vibrational/thermal/light energy scavengers not only with sufficient efficiency of energy scavenging (300- 500 μW/cm2/g2), but also with reasonable price and viable technologies of fabrication and integration for real industrial applications.

The goal is to stimulate the integration and scalability of newly developed products and technologies by the industry and to help enterprises to withstand global competitive pressures by integrating the advanced technologies for future cars