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Opportunities for energy harvesting in automobile factories
Author(s): E. I. Adegoke; R. M. Edwards; Will Whittow; Axel Bindel; Marco Peca
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Paper Abstract

This paper investigates the opportunities of deploying distributed sensors within the manufacturing environment of a large scale automobile plant using energy harvesting techniques. Measurements were taken in three domains at the plant in order to characterize ambient energy. Due to the location of the plant, the RF power density for radio access technologies present varied between -127 dBm/cm2 and -113 dBm/cm2. The maximum temperature difference measured within accessible distance from machine parts on the production lines surveyed was 10°C. Indoor lighting was dominant at the plant via fluorescent tubes, with average irradiance of 1 W/m2. The results obtained from this measurement campaign showed that indoor lighting was the most suitable ambient source for energy harvesting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9799, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2016, 97992N (15 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219170
Show Author Affiliations
E. I. Adegoke, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. M. Edwards, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Will Whittow, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Axel Bindel, High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (United Kingdom)
Marco Peca, High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9799:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2016
Gyuhae Park, Editor(s)

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