Two Papers Accepted for Publication in IEEE Transactions26th September 2011
We have recently had two papers related to our work on Energy Harvesting electronics accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Both publications are a result of the EPSRC project on 'Holistic Energy Harvesting'.
Our paper on supercapacitor modelling
The first paper, 'Accurate Supercapacitor Modeling for Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Nodes' investigates supercapacitors, often used in energy-harvesting wireless sensor nodes (EH-WSNs) to store harvested energy. Until now, research into the use of supercapacitors in EH-WSNs has considered them to be ideal or over-simplified, with non-ideal behavior attributed to substantial leakage currents. In this brief, we show that observations previously attributed to leakage are predominantly due to redistribution of charge inside the supercapacitor. We confirm this hypothesis through the development of a circuit-based model which accurately represents non-ideal behavior. The model correlates well with practical validations representing the operation of an EH-WSN, and allows behavior to be simulated over long periods..
The second paper, 'Photovoltaic Sample-and-Hold Circuit Enabling MPPT Indoors for Low-Power Systems' presents an ultra low-power maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuit with a novel sample-and-hold and cold-start arrangement, enabling efficient indoor MPPT (which has not been reported, or considered possible, before). The circuit is validated in practice, and the sample-and-hold behaviour analysed using real light data.
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IEEE Sensors Journal Paper Among 25 Most Downloaded6th August 2012
Today we were notified that our paper 'Modeling of Wireless Sensor Nodes Powered by Tunable
Energy Harvesters: HDL-Based Approach' (a copy can also be downloaded from our institutional ePrints repository) is one of the 25 most downloaded Sensors Journal papers in the month of June 2012. Included in this ranking are all Sensors Journal papers published since its foundation, about 1000 papers in total.
The paper is a result of work done at Southampton as part of the Holistic Energy Harvesting ... [more]
Online Presentation on Holistic Energy Harvesting18th June 2012
Today I presented our research on Holistic Energy Harvesting at the IET conference on Wireless Sensing Systems (WSS 2012). In particular, I was talking about our system demonstrator, namely a "Vibration-Powered Sensing System for Engine Condition Monitoring".
Condition monitoring is becoming an established technique for managing the maintenance of machinery in transport applications. Vibration energy harvesting allows wireless systems to be powered without batteries, but most traditional gene... [more]