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As NASA`s Curiosity Begins Exploring Mars, New Market Research Explores the Tech Used to Power the Most Advanced Rover Ever Built

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FARMINGTON, Conn., Aug. 6, 2012 /PR Newswire/ --

As NASA lands one of the most advanced extraterrestrial explorers ever built on the distant and hostile surface of Mars and the world turns its attention to the red planet, it is worth looking at the technologies that will help drive the Curiosity rover. Published over the last 3 months, these market research reports from GII partner publisher IDTechEx offer details and insight into the energy harvesting technologies and related tech used to power the newest resident of Mars.

Analysis of Energy Harvesting Applications

Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to provide electricity for small and or mobile equipment, whether electrical or electronic. In 2011, $700 million was spent on the energy harvesting component itself, but that will grow to nearly $5 billion by 2022.

Those wishing to use energy harvesting need reassurance that it is a technology that has progressed beyond trials and new product announcements. They need to benchmark best practice. In addition, potential users and those supplying, financing or otherwise involved in energy harvesting need to identify the successful suppliers, technologies and users and learn from the failures out there. Analysis of Energy Harvesting Applications provides the answers, with analysis of over 170 successful ongoing uses of energy harvesting in 33 countries. By a wide margin, the USA spends far more on energy harvesting products than any other country. Primarily, it takes the form of expenditure by NASA and the US Department of Defense, and the public buying consumer goods, all favoring photovoltaics.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/ix238986-energy-harvesting-action-2012.html

Energy Harvesting and Storage for Electronic Devices 2012-2022

Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to provide electricity for small or mobile equipment, both electrical and electronic. The new IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage market forecast finds that the amount of money spent on energy harvesters will be more than $0.7 billion in 2012, with several hundred developers involved throughout the value chain, and will grow to over $5 billion by 2022.

In 2012, most energy harvesters are solar cells, followed by electrodynamos, two relatively mature energy harvesting technologies. However, many new technologies are now taking some market share enabling power in areas not possible before. This includes thermoelectrics - generating power from heat - where organisations such as the Department of Energy in the US are working with BMW and GM to turn heat waste from engines and exhaust into power for the vehicle's electrical systems. NASA use thermoelectrics to power Mars rovers where they work without light, unlike solar cells. Piezoelectric energy harvesters are also of great interest due to their small form factor and high efficiency. In 2022, these four energy harvester types will have near similar market share for industrial sensing applications. However, even by then solar will continue to dominate for consumer applications.

This report identifies a number of market applications with detailed ten year forecasts, ranging from self-sufficient wristwatches to mobile phones that will never need a charger and light switches and controls that have no wiring and no batteries when fitted in buildings to wireless sensors power from the environment they are placed in.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/ix238985-energy-harvesting-storage-electronic-devices-2012.html

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting: Devices, Applications & Opportunities 2012-2022

Thermoelectric generators are devices which convert temperature differences into electrical energy. The principle phenomenon that underpins thermoelectric energy generation is known as the Seebeck effect: the conversion of a temperature differential into electricity at the junction of two materials.

Although thermoelectric phenomena have been used for heating and cooling applications quite extensively, electricity generation has only seen very limited market in niche applications and it is only in recent years that interest has increased regarding new applications of energy generation through thermoelectric harvesting.

IDTechEx's new Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting market research report gives an overview of devices, materials and manufacturing processes, with a specific focus on emerging technologies that allow for new functionality, form factor and application in various demanding environments. Some of the application sectors include Waste heat recovery systems in vehicles, Wireless sensor networks, and Consumer applications; with 10-year market forecasts.

A summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/ix239692-thermoelectric-energy-harvesting-devices.html

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