Skip to main content


The more you move, the more you can charge up!

13 March 2015

Dr Joe Briscoe shows how the piezomaterial material is made in the lab
Dr Joe Briscoe shows how the piezomaterial material is made in the lab
How much time have you spent wandering around looking for your friends because your phone battery was dead? Fear not! Wasted moments like this could soon be a thing of the past thanks to research being conducted at SEMS.

Dr Steve Dunn and Dr Joe Briscoe are working on a piezoelectric material which could help increase the battery life of your phone whilst on the move. And the news is – the more you move, the more charge you will gain!

The research has featured on the BBC's gadget show, Click, where the material was described as 'harvesting' stray motion, or kinetic, energy and converting this into electrical energy. The device could not only work as you move but could also be installed in places where there is a high level of stray kinetic energy such as on bumpy modes of transport and convert some of the available energy into electricity. The bumpier the ride the more electricity that can be produced.

Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme. Click describes itself as “the best debate on global technology, social media and the internet,” or “your guide to all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news”.
Contact:Dr Steve Dunn
Tel:020 7882 8873

Updated by: David Lockwood