Energy Devices for Sensor Networks: Properties for Simulation and Deployment


Weddell, Alex S., Merrett, Geoff V., Harris, Nick R. and White, Neil M. (2009) Energy Devices for Sensor Networks: Properties for Simulation and Deployment At Wireless Communications, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Technology (Wireless VITAE); Special Session: Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks, Denmark. 17 - 20 May 2009. , pp. 26-30.

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Recent developments in microcontroller, radio transceiver, and energy harvesting device design now permit wireless sensor nodes to operate indefinitely from power scavenged from their environment. Many algorithms for conventional sensor networks assume that nodes run directly from non-rechargeable batteries and therefore attempt to conserve energy rather than carefully exploiting it when available. Effectively incorporating energy harvesting into wireless sensor network deployments, and simulations, poses unique problems related to energy-awareness and performance optimization. This paper presents a characterization of energy devices for sensor nodes and outlines their use in simulation and deployment. A case study of an energy-aware sensor node operating from a photovoltaic module and supercapacitor is explored. This paper also presents a modular software and hardware architecture which encourages energy-aware algorithm design and allows the automatic configuration of energy-aware sensor nodes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 17-20 May 2009
Venue - Dates: Wireless Communications, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Technology (Wireless VITAE); Special Session: Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks, Denmark, 2009-05-17 - 2009-05-20
Keywords: energy harvesting, energy management, modeling, simulation, wireless sensor networks
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems, EEE
ePrint ID: 267174
Date :
Date Event
6 March 2009Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2009 17:37
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 10:05
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/267174

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