Project Description


Energy Harvesting and Storage for Low Frequency Vibrations

Project Summary

The MANpower Project involved a European consortium engaging in research into new materials and devices that would facilitate extraction and storage of energy from a beating heart to power a pacemaker. The project targeted the development of perpetually self-powered, electronic systems that could be implanted into the human body, thus removing the requirement for a battery replacement.


More on Project

Energy harvesting at low frequency has proven to be difficult to achieve in the past because of the properties of the materials that the devices are fabricated from. In particular, the stiffness of conventional silicon and all piezoelectric materials makes it exceedingly difficult to make a system that can operate below 100Hz. This multi-disciplinary project proposal addressed the lack of durable energy harvesting systems in this frequency range.

Funding Body

Project Start Date: 01 November 2013
Duration: 36 months

euflagThis project received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program under grant agreement no. 604360


The collaborative project is coordinated by the Tyndall National Institute and brings together a number of European partners:

  • Livanova SA
  • Fraunhofer – EMFT
  • The Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • IEF at Universite Paris-Sud
  • 3D Plus
  • Communicraft Limited.  

Nimbus Centre Role

Nimbus Centre was work package leader for Reliability, Durability and Biocompatibility.  The objectives were to:

  • Ensure a uniform approach to Reliability, Durability and Biocompatibility across all MANpower activities
  • Investigate and analyse the Reliability, Durability and Biocompatibility of MANpower materials and components using accelerated testing, and to identify and characterise potential wear-out and failure mechanisms of MANpower materials and structures
  • Prepare a roadmap for post-MANpower qualification of the MANpower device