The signals of an electric eel: piezoelectric power generation on a high-tech bicycle
In the Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, students are working on an innovative vision of a bicycle. In the
”Electric Eel“ project, the lightweight material carbon is combined with piezoelectronic ceramics from the field of intelligent materials. Vibrations in the frame of the bicycle produce electrical charge transfers as a result of mechanical deformation (the piezoelectric effect).
The electrical energy generated in this way can be used for various applications, without additional power sources. The principle is similar to that of an electric eel, that emits current impulses through electric organs.