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Hybrid energy sources for embedded sensor nodes
Author(s): Ramon Silva; Kevin Farinholt; Gyuhae Park
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present a series of hybrid energy configurations that are designed to provide a robust power source for embedded sensing hardware. The proper management of energy resources is a critical component in the design of any deployed sensing network. For systems that are installed in remote or inaccessible locations, or those with an operational lifespan that exceeds traditional battery technologies, energy harvesting is an attractive alternative. Unfortunately, the dependence on a single energy source (i.e. solar) can cause potential problems when environmental conditions preclude the system from operating at peak performance. In this paper we consider the use of a hybrid energy source that extracts energy from multiple sources and uses this collective energy to power sensing hardware. The sources considered in this work include: solar, vibration, thermal gradients, and RF energy capture. Methods of increasing the efficiency, energy storage medium, target applications and the integrated use of energy harvesting sources with wireless energy transmission will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7979, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2011, 797905 (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882010
Show Author Affiliations
Ramon Silva, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Kevin Farinholt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Gyuhae Park, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7979:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2011
Kevin M. Farinholt; Steve F. Griffin, Editor(s)

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