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Memorandum Signed To Develop Batteries
July 26, 2010

Cornell’s Energy Materials Center (emc2) has just signed a memorandum of understanding with Ithaca’s MicroGen Systems LLC to develop “self-charging” batteries, which use background shaking and stirring as their energy source.

The battery will look like a microchip, but with a vibrating core, and it will harness energy from almost anything that shakes. Applications for the self-charging batteries include smart energy systems for industrial equipment, lighting control, infrastructure applications for monitoring the structural integrity of bridges and roads, and energy for monitoring onboard vehicle systems.

The memorandum establishes the framework for MicroGen Systems to receive critical financial support from the New York state-designated Center for Future Energy Systems for the project, along with the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility and emc2.

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