I'm looking for a word that describes the act of transforming a certain form of energy into a useful and desired form. It's for a research project in which we are researching the transformation of kinetic energy into electrical or chemical energy.

  • Not sure if energy harvesting could fit the bill – Thomas Francois Jun 21 '16 at 16:24
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    "Useless" energy is undifferentiated heat, that is the kinetic energy in a volume of uniform temperature. Thermodynamics says that this energy cannot be converted into useful work. Perhaps you could sharpen your question. – deadrat Jun 21 '16 at 16:52
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    Yes, if the energy can be "transformed into a useful form" then it's not useless. – Hot Licks Jun 21 '16 at 16:55
  • If you want to "suggest" something different by your research project, try translating or translation of one form into another for use. – Stan Jun 21 '16 at 17:43
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    Alas, nothing is proof against the impending heat-death of the universe, but while we're waiting, your edit is more than sufficient. Thanks for humoring me for my pedantic response, which apparently was unnecessary since you found an acceptable answer. Neither harness nor harvest seems to me to have the requisite sense of transformation, but what's that compared to the inevitable running down of all existence? – deadrat Jun 21 '16 at 20:36


Control and make use of (natural resources), especially to produce energy


Today, harnessing the power of moving water to generate electricity, known as hydroelectric power, is the largest source of emissions-free, renewable electricity in the United States and worldwide.

also Kinetic energy harvesting: Everyday human activity could power the internet of things:

Researchers at Columbia University have conducted the first exhaustive study into kinetic energy harvesting — the harvesting of “free” energy from common human activities, such as walking, writing with a pencil, taking a book off a shelf, or opening a door.

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