Summer Science Exhibition 2011
5-10 July | Free entry
Raiders of the lost amp!
The energy crisis is about more than fossil fuels versus renewables: it’s about getting more from what we already use.
The research behind this exhibit aims to make various energy-harvesting technologies more efficient and practical. The exhibit demonstrates the hidden sources of useful energy – and the ‘Energy Race’ pits different energy-capturing technologies against each other to produce electrical power. Visitors can learn about the importance of thermodynamics in energy harvesting and about how vibrations can be used to produce electrical charge.
Energy harvesting, or ‘energy scavenging’, is a process that captures small amounts of energy that would otherwise be lost as heat, light, sound, vibration or motion. It can use this captured energy to improve the efficiency of systems, by reusing some of the waste energy, or even to power new technologies. For example:
This video shows some of the science of this exhibit.
Laurie Winkless works at the National Physical Laboratory.
This exhibit is presented by National Physical Laboratory, Laboratoire National de Métrologie et D'essais (LNE) and Mittatekniikan keskis Matteknikcentralen.
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Find the opening times and directions to the Royal Society.
Explore all 22 exhibits at this year's exhibition.
Come to one of the exciting events at the exhibition.
Register your school if you plan on bringing a group of pupils.
Updates about our work on bringing the exhibition to life.
Highlights from past Summer Science Exhibitions