Design Methods for Energy Harvesting

The Design of an Energy- and Data-Driven Platform
  • Cyril Condemine
  • Jérôme Willemin
  • Guy Waltisperger
  • Jean-Frédéric Christmann

Abstract

An energy harvesting system is a particularly heterogeneous system, including energy harvester, battery, antenna, sensors and electronic blocks. The main issues for this kind of system are the energy converter efficiency for small power transfer, the load consumption (RF, sensors) in active and standby mode, and the embedded power management. This chapter is focused on the integration of an energy- and data-driven platform for autonomous systems. After a brief introduction on energy autonomy in microsystems, a global system description and specification are described. Then, three energy harvesting systems (mechanical vibrations, thermal flux, and solar radiation) with the associated electronics are presented. Finally, strategies for power management are introduced, with a focus on power path optimization.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyril Condemine
    • 1
  • Jérôme Willemin
    • 1
  • Guy Waltisperger
    • 1
  • Jean-Frédéric Christmann
    • 1
  1. 1.CEA-LETIMINATECGrenoble Cedex 9France

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