Energy Harvesting in Wireless Applications

University essay from Lunds universitet/Industriell elektroteknik och automation

Author: Kristian Borg; [2014]

Keywords: Technology and Engineering;

Abstract: The objective of this thesis has been to study how extensive current research has gone within energy harvesting and to investigate a solution for making the OLP425 (a sensor module developed by ConnectBlue AB) independent of a conventional battery as energy source, whilst staying wireless. This has been done by investigating the amounts of energy that is available from our surroundings (e.g. solar´radiation, thermal gradients, and radio waves) and how suitable the methods are for supplying the OLP425. A solution based on a photovoltaic cell was chosen and an electrical circuit was designed around it, powering the OLP425 and recharging a Li-ion rechargeable battery. It was successful in powering the OLP425 but limited by the sensor module’s duty cycle. Whilst being a successful solution there is still more to investigate in the field that includes other energy harvesting methods where some require a larger business model to implement.

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