A Survey of Multi-Source Energy Harvesting Systems

Weddell, Alexander S., Magno, Michele, Merrett, Geoff V., Brunelli, Davide, Al-Hashimi, Bashir and Benini, Luca (2013) A Survey of Multi-Source Energy Harvesting Systems At Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), France. 18 - 22 Mar 2013. 4 pp. (doi:10.7873/DATE.2013.190).


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Energy harvesting allows low-power embedded devices to be powered from naturally-ocurring or unwanted environmental energy (e.g. light, vibration, or temperature difference). While a number of systems incorporating energy harvesters are now available commercially, they are specific to certain types of energy source. Energy availability can be a temporal as well as spatial effect. To address this issue, ‘hybrid’ energy harvesting systems combine multiple harvesters on the same platform, but the design of these systems is not straightforward. This paper surveys their design, including trade-offs affecting their efficiency, applicability, and ease of deployment. This survey, and the taxonomy of multi-source energy harvesting systems that it presents, will be of benefit to designers of future systems. Furthermore, we identify and comment upon the current and future research directions in this field.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.7873/DATE.2013.190
Venue - Dates: Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), France, 2013-03-18 - 2013-03-22
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems, EEE
ePrint ID: 349117
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March 2013Published
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 11:17
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 15:57
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/349117

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