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Multiple Energy Sources in Single Vehicle to Dominate Energy Harvesting Market Scenario

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Energy harvesting in order to cut down on power wastage in power generation units is not a new trend, but it is picking up speed in the automotive world owing to the current need for energy conservation. In cars and other vehicles, for instance, regenerative braking uses energy that by and large drains off as heat generated during braking and converts it into electricity. For electric vehicles, the primary focus regarding energy harvesting remains improving strategies to power up the main traction drive and supplement the traction battery. The prime traction battery employed in an electric vehicle can account for 50% of the total cost of the vehicle, so the capacity to install additional energy sources facilitates the use of more compact batteries that can be backed up by other energy sources within the vehicle.

How Many Types of Energy Harvesting Systems Do Electric Cars Have?

Electric cars have systems that harvest energy to transform ultraviolet solar radiation and kinetic energy from lateral, forward, and vertical movement of the car into electricity. An example of the latter is energy-harvesting shock absorbers, also called as Levant power, which are used in buses.

Thermal energy generated in the engine is also put to use in energy harvesting units.

What Are the Key Advantages of Energy Harvesting?

Energy harvesting makes it possible to power various electrical systems in trucks, automobiles, and other vehicles without burdening the primary powertrain. A few vehicles work entirely on harvested energy, such as solar lake boats, while others reuse the various aforementioned forms of energy. Now and again, the energy harvesting leads to the creation of innovative electric vehicles such as autonomous underwater vehicles or gliders, which stay operational for a considerable amount of time and acquire electricity from wave power or solar energy.

Aside from its capacity to enhance the energy-efficiency of a vehicle, energy harvesting is additionally useful in eliminating a sizeable mass from a vehicle, making it lighter and cheaper to produce. The capacity to remove or reduce wiring harness, in particular, leads to a less complex physical framework, and consequently to lower expense and higher design flexibility.

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Who Are The Leading Participants in the Energy Harvesting Market?

In 2014, the implementation of inverters was a strong trend in the manufacture of big vehicles and Panasonic and Sumitomo Electric led the market for the same. Manufacturers of big electric vehicles by and large adopt new advancements first, making them the pioneers in electric cars and bikes. Toyota, EvFuture, Audi, and SunPods are some of the leaders in the energy harvesting market. Additionally, Audi has conducted experiments exploring the usage of the vertical movement of shock absorbers to create electricity.

The exciting outcomes possible in the market for energy harvesting regeneration for electric vehicles have fast-tracked a few advancement projects. Numerous types of energy harvesting devices installed on a single vehicle will be the most prominent trend in the market, particularly in light of the fact that this technique can be implemented in a large number of vehicles.