Article: Macro Environmental Effect of Micro Energy Harvesting

In recent decades, consumer products have become increasingly dependent on battery power. This shift has also been happening in new product categories like electric vehicles and smart infrastructure. Dependence on battery technology has led to an exponential increase in the mining of raw materials like lithium, zinc, cobalt and manganese. In recent years, mining as well as disposal of such massive quantities of metals have been increasingly polluting the environment. This article examines the brevity of the situation and argues that ubiquitous micro energy harvesting can be a promising solution to address the problem in a holistic manner.

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