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Comparison of the dielectric electroactive polymer generator energy harvesting cycles
Author(s): Emmanouil Dimopoulos; Ionut Trintis; Stig Munk-Nielsen
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Paper Abstract

The Dielectric ElectroActive Polymer (DEAP) generator energy harvesting cycles have been in the spotlight of the scientific interest for the past few years. Indeed, several articles have demonstrated thorough and comprehensive comparisons of the generator fundamental energy harvesting cycles, namely Constant Charge (CC), Constant Voltage (CV) and Constant E-field (CE), based on average theoretical models. Yet, it has not been possible until present to validate the outcome of those comparisons via respective experimental results. In this paper, all three primary energy harvesting cycles are experimentally compared, based upon the coupling of a DEAP generator with a bidirectional non-isolated power electronic converter, by means of energy gain, energy harvesting efficiency and energy conversion efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8687, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013, 86870O (9 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2009480
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Emmanouil Dimopoulos, Aalborg Univ. (Denmark)
Ionut Trintis, Aalborg Univ. (Denmark)
Stig Munk-Nielsen, Aalborg Univ. (Denmark)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8687:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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