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A hydrostatic pressure-cycle energy harvester
Author(s): Michael W. Shafer; Gregory Hahn; Eric Morgan
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Paper Abstract

There have been a number of new applications for energy harvesting with the ever-decreasing power consumption of microelectronic devices. In this paper we explore a new area of marine animal energy harvesting for use in powering tags known as bio-loggers. These devices record data about the animal or its surroundings, but have always had limited deployment times due to battery depletion. Reduced solar irradiance below the water's surface provides the impetus to explore other energy harvesting concepts beyond solar power for use on marine animals. We review existing tag technologies in relation to this application, specifically relating to energy consumption. Additionally, we propose a new idea for energy harvesting, using hydrostatic pressure changes as a source for energy production. We present initial testing results of a bench-top model and show that the daily energy harvesting potential from this technology can meet or exceed that consumed by current marine bio-logging tags. The application of this concept in the arena of bio-logging technology could substantially increase bio-logger deployment lifetimes, allowing for longitudinal studies over the course of multiple breeding and/or migration cycles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9431, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015, 94310F (2 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084279
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Michael W. Shafer, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
Gregory Hahn, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
Eric Morgan, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9431:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015
Wei-Hsin Liao, Editor(s)

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