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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Feb 13;11(6):6396-6403. doi: 10.1021/acsami.8b19683. Epub 2019 Jan 30.

Self-Powered Intelligent Water Meter for Electrostatic Scale Preventing, Rust Protection, and Flow Sensor in a Solar Heater System.

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Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences , Beijing 100083 , China.
School of Nanoscience and Technology , University of Chinese Academy of Sciences , Beijing 100049 , China.
School of Materials Science and Engineering , Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta , Georgia 30332-0245 , United States.


Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) have been investigated for mechanical energy harvesting because of their high-energy conversion efficiency, low cost, ease of manufacturing, and so on. This paper deals with designing a kind of water-fluid-driven rotating TENG (WR-TENG) inspired by the structure of a water meter. The designed WR-TENG is effectively integrated into a self-powered electrostatic scale-preventing and rust protection system. The WR-TENG can generate a constant DC voltage up to about 7.6 kV by using a voltage-doubling rectifier circuit (VDRC) to establish a high-voltage electrostatic field in the water tank. A WR-TENG, a VDRC, and an electric water heating tank are the components of the whole system. The system is convenient to be installed in any waterway system, effectively preventing the rusting of stainless steel and restraining the formation of scale when the water is heated to 65 ± 5 °C. Moreover, the approximately linear relationship between the short-circuit current and the rotation rate of the WR-TENG makes employing it as a self-powered water flow sensor possible. This work enables a facile, safe, and effective approach for electrostatic scale prevention, rust protection, and flow sensing in solar heaters, which will enrich the high-voltage applications of TENGs.


flow sensor; rust protection; scale prevention; self-powered water meter; triboelectric nanogenerator


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