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Powering a leadless pacemaker using a PiezoMEMS energy harvester
Author(s): Nathan Jackson; Oskar Olszewski; Cian O'Murchu; Alan Mathewson
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Paper Abstract

MEMS based vibrational energy harvesting devices have been a highly researched topic over the past decade. The application targeted in this paper focuses on a leadless pacemaker that will be implanted in the right ventricle of the heart. A leadless pacemaker requires the same functionality as a normal pacemaker, but with significantly reduced volume. The reduced volume limits the space for a battery; therefore an energy harvesting device is required. This paper compares varying the dimensions of a linear MEMS based piezoelectric energy harvester that can harvest energy from the mechanical vibrations of the heart due to shock induced vibration. Typical MEMS linear energy harvesting devices operate at high frequency (<50 Hz) with low acceleration (< 1g). The force generated from the heart acts as a series of impulses as opposed to traditional sinusoidal vibration force with high acceleration (1-4 g). Therefore the design of a MEMS harvester that is based on shock-induced vibration is necessary. PiezoMEMS energy harvesting devices consisting of a silicon substrate and mass with aluminium nitride piezoelectric material were developed and characterized using acceleration forces that mimic the heartbeat. Peak powers of up to 25μW were obtained at 1 g acceleration with a powder density of approximately 1.5 mW cm-3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10246, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII, 102460V (2 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264437
Show Author Affiliations
Nathan Jackson, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Oskar Olszewski, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Cian O'Murchu, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Alan Mathewson, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10246:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII
Luis Fonseca; Mika Prunnila; Erwin Peiner, Editor(s)

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