Title: Energy harvesting for wireless sensor nodes: investigation of architectures and sources of energy

Authors: S. Mekid, Z. Zhu

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Dept., KFUPM, 31261 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. ' School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester, M60 1QD, UK

Abstract: Power harvesting becomes an extremely important issue with evolving wireless sensing in various types of applications. This paper presents a research highlight on the design of an energy harvesting system with small geometric characteristics operating indoor for wireless sensor nodes. After analysing the power consumption of each component in a sensor node and evaluating experimentally the amount of harvested energy, the paper proposes a possible architecture of energy harvesting system and provides design considerations.

Keywords: energy harvesting; wireless sensor nodes; vibration; solar panels; piezoelectricity buzzer; power harvesting; wireless sensing; power consumption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2009.022789

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2009 Vol.1 No.2, pp.239 - 249

Published online: 26 Jan 2009 *

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