Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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Energy Harvesting Book Chapter

30th June 2010

My book chapter on "Wireless Devices and Sensor Networks," that I co-authored with Dr Alex Weddell and Dr Nick Harris has just been published! The book, titled "Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems", is published by Artech House, and edited by Professor Neil White and Dr Steve Beeby. The majority of my chapter is (at least currently) available to read on Google Books.

The chapters of the book are:
  1. Introduction
  2. Wireless Devices and Sensor Networks
  3. Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting
  4. Kinetic Energy Harvesting
  5. Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting
  6. Power Management Electronics
  7. Energy Storage
  8. Case Study: Adaptive Energy-Aware Sensor Networks
  9. Concluding Remarks
"This unique resource provides a detailed understanding of the options for harvesting energy from localized, renewable sources to supply power to autonomous wireless systems. You are introduced to a variety of types of autonomous system and wireless networks and discover the capabilities of existing battery-based solutions, RF solutions, and fuel cells. The book focuses on the most promising harvesting techniques, including solar, kinetic, and thermal energy. You also learn the implications of the energy harvesting techniques on the design of the power management electronics in a system. This in-depth reference discusses each energy harvesting approach in detail, comparing and contrasting its potential in the field."

For more information, click here.

Other Articles

Elsevier Journal Paper "Highly Downloaded"
8th October 2013
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Today we were notified that our paper 'The impact of agricultural activities on water quality: A case for collaborative catchment-scale management using integrated wireless sensor networks' is the 12th most downloaded article in the Elsevier Journal on Computers and Electronics in Agriculture over the previous 90 days. Edit: as of October 2013, the paper has received 482 views. Edit: as of December 2013, the paper has received 791 views, and is the 16th most downloaded article in the Elsev... [more]

D4 2010 (POLARIS): Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes
14th April 2010
The Electronics Lab as the deadline approached
This year's D4 System Design Exercise presented a particularly testing challenge to second-year Electronics students, who worked in teams to design and build a portable Mixed Signal Oscilloscope in 11 days. Teams were given precise specifications, for example, the device had to feature 8 digital channels and 1 analogue, have a graphical display, be portable and robust, and able to operate in the field. Pressure on the students was intense as they worked round the clock to design their oscillosco... [more]

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