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Journal of Materials Engineering and Applications

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Dielectric elastomer artificial muscles (Energy harvesting and high-efficiency actuation)

Author(s): Chiba S*

Growth in world population and further industrialization combined with concerns about global climate change is causing a surge in demand for clean and renewable energy. This paper discusses the potential of DE (dielectric elastomer), a new energy transduction technology that can be used to harvest energy from the environment or human activities as well as save energy by making light and efficient motors and other devices. In the near future, most of the actuators will be replaced by DE and it will be adopted for many generators.

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