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BackyardNet: distributed sensor network powered by terrestrial microbial fuel cell technology
Author(s): Keegan G. Cooke; Marcus O. Gay; Sage E. Radachowsky; Juan J. Guzman; Michael A Chiu
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Paper Abstract

Environmental sensor nodes support services from environmental stewardship to national security and defense. Expansion of high density sensor networks has been inhibited by the poor availability and high cost of long-term power sources. Trophos Energy demonstrates its own wireless environmental sensor network, entitled BackyardNetTM, powered by Terrestrial Microbial Fuel Cell (TMFC) technology. When used in conjunction with Trophos' power management electronics, TMFCs offer the potential for robust, long-term power solutions that can service a variety of remote monitoring applications. This paper discusses the technical aspects of the BackyardNetTM demonstration and the assessed viability of TMFC technology as robust power sources for remote applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7693, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XII, 76931A (12 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853930
Show Author Affiliations
Keegan G. Cooke, Trophos Energy, Inc. (United States)
Marcus O. Gay, Trophos Energy, Inc. (United States)
Sage E. Radachowsky, Trophos Energy, Inc. (United States)
Juan J. Guzman, Trophos Energy, Inc. (United States)
Michael A Chiu, Trophos Energy, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7693:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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