The University of Bedfordshire has announced the filing of a ground-breaking patent application. The patent is based on a new technique for powering electronic devices by using alternative energy sources, such as solar or wind energy.

The new technique, developed by Professor Ben Allen with help from colleagues David Jazani and Tahima Ajmal, hopes to reduce the disposal of batteries to landfill sites by using alternative energy sources to power electronic devices.

Professor Allen said: “I am thrilled that our research into power harvesting has paved the way for this ground-breaking patent filing. The emerging area of power harvesting technology promises to reduce our reliance on conventional batteries and with it offer positive environmental, economic and social impact.”

The technology is versatile enough to power devices as small as mobile telephones or as large as communication satellites.