The Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) is a consortium of major research universities, industry partners and commercial and government organizations. The three major research universities that comprise CEHMS are Virginia Tech and Columbia University with extensive international collaborations in India, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and Germany that provide additional opportunities to leverage external funds and provide higher return on the industry investment.

CEHMS is sponsored through the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program with the aim of developing interdisciplinary strengths in science and technology issues related to the sustainable development of energy solutions. World-renown professors with backgrounds and interests in different fields of engineering, chemistry, physics and computer science are working cooperatively and supervising state-of-the-art research laboratories to provide integrated solutions for challenging energy efficiency, storage and distribution problems. At CEHMS, research advances are being made in the fields of materials, structural dynamics, electronics and storage media to develop self-powered systems, open pathway for distributed power sources and grid integration.

The consortium has achieved its excellence by performing research on industry-driven projects with the objective of translating laboratory prototypes into commercial products, building state-of-the-art laboratories across multiple partner institutions to create cutting-edge research capabilities, establishing cooperation venues among researchers to address challenges in finding energy solutions. Increasing the number of our industry partners and setting up new centers at national and international universities are continuous goals.

CEHMS has made significant progress over the past several years in identifying and implementing a variety of materials and systems for energy harvesting across a broad range of platforms.