Photovoltaic Cell Energy Harvesting from Fluorescent Lights


Reference #: 01260

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for a system that harnesses ambient excess energy from fluorescent lights and uses it to power a wireless sensor node that connects to other devices.



In today’s modern world, a significant amount of energy is being wasted or not used efficiently. This invention focuses on the energy that is being output by the florescent lights that are used in most buildings.


Invention Description:

The invention uses a solar panel to harness the wasted energy coming from florescent lights. The energy will be used to power other devices as well as being stored for later use when the solar panel is not being illuminated. A wireless device is then used to send information to a cell phone and stored locally on a computer.


Potential Applications:

The invention can be used to power any small devices within office buildings, schools, governmental organizations, and any location with fluorescent lighting.


Advantages and Benefits:

•       Low cost

•       Reuses and maximizes energy that is already being paid for

•       Compact and discreet

•       Network connectivity



Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Photovoltaic Cell Energy Harvesting for Fluorescent Lights Utility United States 15/695,158 11,251,316 9/5/2017 2/15/2022   Issued
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Tyler Harris
Myron Jackson
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