Questions tagged [energy-harvesting]

Energy harvesting devices generate power from an external source. While they may include solar, kinetic and other energy sources that are also used on a large scale the term is normally reserved for small low-power applications. An example is a wristwatch that uses kinetic energy while the wearer is walking to power the watch.

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Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting & rectifying

I am interested in doing piezo energy harvesting. I have bought two of these piezoelectric Harvesters. One device I found, the ΒQ25570 seems to implement mppt (maximum Power point tracking), and be ...
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BQ25570 Ground Layout

I am using the BQ25570 power management IC for energy harvesting from a solar panel. I am currently designing the PCB layout for the IC, and I am a bit confused about the ground. As you can see in ...
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Can an LED run by harvesting energy from mains hum? [closed]

One morning 2 weeks ago I found a green LED in a carpark attached to a deflated ballon. It had obviously landed overnight. I left it there and when I returned in the evening it was still glowing quite ...
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Can I charge a lipo battery using piezoeletric energy harvesting?

I use a 9V 800mAh lipo Okcell battery to power my ESP8266 ESP-01 with a voltage regulator to change it to 3.3V. I use the ESP to detect the voltage peak from a piezoelectric when someone is running to ...
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Which type of RF harvested device is used now?

I want to do some research about energy harvesting optimization, and I want to ask which type of RF energy harvested device is used now? first,one transmitter will transmit one signal to the energy ...
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How to create the UVLO hysteresis in energy harvesting design?

I had try LTC3588-1, BQ25570 in my project. Both of them have a UVLO function. For LCT3588-1, if choosing 1.8V output, the output will be opened once the voltage of the storage capacitor reach 4V. The ...
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Simulation of the Micro-kinetic generator

I am simulating the block diagram of the Autoquartz system during unwinding in Simulink. I want to get the current of microgenerator (Ibus), but I get an oscillating pattern, which you can see here ....
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How to calculate the impedance of a rectifier?

I am working on RF energy harvesting. Now I am trying to calculate the impedance of the rectifier, in order to do the impedance matching. An antenna (50 ohm) receives RF signal (915 MHz) and finally ...
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“RF energy harvesting” Can rf transmitter be a rf signal generator?

I'm trying to build an rf energy harvester. But having some problem. The harvester should collect the 915MHz signal. Can I use 915MHz RF transceiver + 915MHz amplifier as the rf signal source? How ...
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Simple RF energy-harvesting circuit

I wanted to dabble a bit in RF energy harvesting. Nothing fancy, just see what's possible. I came up with the following circuit, but I'm a complete layman when it comes to antennas and the like. ...
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Piezo Energy Harvesting: Power Balance

I am doing some piezo and energy harvesting tests, but I am having a hard time calculating the available energy balance. I setup a voltage and current measurement for both the energy harvesting input ...
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DC generator without permanent magnets

I have heard that there are DC generators where resistance can be regulated by using electro-magnetic field. Where permanent magnets are substituted with electro-magnets. Are this kind of generator ...
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Magnetic induction with varying rpm: Dealing with excess energy

I would like to get some advice regarding the following scenario: I want to build a cheap, small generator for an energy harvesting application. There are magnets on a rotating shaft and off-the-shelf ...
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RF Voltage Multiplier

My project partner and I are working on making a rf-dc energy harvesting circuit capable of lighting an LED (even intermittently) or trickle charging a coin cell battery over a long time. We are ...
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unknown op-amp current leak

I've created a dual source energy harvesting board to store energy from small energy sources, like a 3V 15mA solar panel, into a 3F 2.7V supercap and to power a small wireless node (3.3V, 30mA), but I ...
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Turn on power when voltage higher than set value

We are trying do design a circuit which works by harvesting energy from a split core current transformer. Most of the electronic works correctly, we use a 1.5F 5.5V SuperCap to provide enough power ...
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Probing with oscilloscope causes current drop

We are testing a fabricated chip with expected output current of around 4mA which is then used to charge a button cell. The input is from a PV cell. However, when we attach an oscilloscope probe onto ...
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Diode type with lowest drop voltage [duplicate]

I make a small solar energy harvester. I'm searching for the type of diode with lowest drop voltage. Any suggestion for the type of diode for me ? Thank you
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DIY kinetic energy harvester

I'd like to make a DIY kinetic energy harvester and wish to use the electromagnetic method to generate electricity. So far I know the following materials that I'm going to use: NdFeB magnet Induction ...
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Solar power pump - Design critique and help

Okay so, I have a design that 'works' on the breadboard. But I feel like it could use some improvement. Here is my current design: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab ...
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Is it possible to power a MCU with a button press / touch? [closed]

I hope to use a piezoelectric button to harvest and produce a sufficient energy burst to power ON and bootup a MSP430 for a few ms enough to update a simple data structure (e.g. two integers stored in ...
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Is there a Energy Harvesting Power Management and Battery Charging EVM dev kit (e.g. BQ25504) with easily adjustable voltage thresholds?

I have a BQ25504EVM-674 Energy Harvesting Power Management with Battery Charging (EHM) development board by Texas Instruments. It fulfills my requirement of charging an energy store (e.g. supercap/...
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Transfer of Energy from Initially charged capacitor to uncharged Capacitor

I have started to learn about LC circuits, Specifically, I am simulating a case where the initial conditions are where one large capacitor (100F) has previously been charged to 1.3V, considering the ...
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UVLO for Energy Harvester circuit

A good background on the problem can be found in the document: (Under Voltage Lock-Out Design Rules for Proper Start-Up of Energy Autonomous Systems Powered by Supercapacitors). The above document ...
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Data communication in power harvesting project

I want to design a wearable gadget for elderly to detect falling. This gadget should work by energy harvesting. Now I want to find the best effitient way of power consumtion to send data to a station ...
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Harvest energy from ultra low current and high voltage source?

I have a sensor which can produce voltage upto 10 V but can only produce 50 nA of current. I tried to harvest energy using TI's BQ25570 evaluation board but the current is too low to kickstart the ...
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I need a powersource based on locomotion (3V 20 mA)

Dunno whether this is the right place to ask this but i'll give it a try. I want my bicycle light to be powered on the sideways motion of my bike. For this i would need a device which is also in '...
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Help required to design a suitable energy harvester for TENG

So I am in the process of desgining a scalable Triboelectric Nanogenerator(TENG) through which I can easily harvest and store electricity in a battery or a capacitor. A TENG can be modelled as voltage ...
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Outdoor versus indoor amourphous silicon solar cells

I've read in a few articles that amorphous silicon (a-Si) based solar cells have a greater spectral response for indoor light conditions here. If this is the case, then why manufacturers emphasize ...
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Thermoelectric Generator output computation

Can I compute the output voltage of a thermoelectric generator? I want to compare the theoretical and actual values (generated voltage) of a thermoelectric generator. I'm about to use TEC-12706.
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LED as power generator

As many of you probably know, a normal light emitting diode, while very handy as a cheap and ubiquitous indicator, can double as a power generator. The mechanism is the same that is exploited in ...
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Bipolar energy harvesting circuit

I'm planning an energy harvesting circuit using LTC3105 (400mA Step-Up DC/DC Converter with Maximum Power Point Control and 250mV Start-Up). The problem is that my energy source is bipolar, although ...
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Lowest voltage drop diode possible

I am harvesting energy from an NFC device using a tuned antenna on my PCB. Though this method I am able to generate about 3.05V. I would like to charge a super capacitor using the power harvested from ...
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How to do high switched current from small solar

I am working on a small, solar-powered application that makes use of RF and a few higher-power sensors. Those will only be on for a fraction of the time, but might consume 1A-2A at 3.3V. The ...
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Moving a magnet through coils wound in the opposite direction

Suppose I want to harvest kinetic energy by moving a magnet back and forth through a coil assembly. Faraday flashlights work by this principle, but to my knowledge those usually only have one coil. ...
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Low voltage AC to DC for energy harvesting

For an energy harvesting application, I need to charge a capacitor using induced voltage due to the movements of a magnet inside a coil. The generated voltage is typically low frequency AC (4-5 Hz) ...
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Maximum Power Point Tracking for multiple sources

I know there are several commercial products for maximum power point tracking for a single power source (solar cells for example). But does anyone know any solution for the case where there are ...
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What is the typical power that is transmitted through NFC from a smartphone

I think the question is clear. I only need a reference value, like is it in the range of 1mW or 10mW or 100mW. Clearly this will vary among smartphones. Also do you think it is possible to set the ...
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Voltage regulator outputs some voltage even if in shutdown

I've created a dual source energy harvesting board to store energy from small energy sources, like a 3V 15mA solar panel, into a 3F 2.7V supercap and to power a small wireless node (3.3V, 30mA), but I ...
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Current Transformers and Energy Harvesting

Current Transformers (CT)s work like any other transformer: through Faraday's law of induction, the changing magnetic flux (from the AC current flowing through the conductor) induces a proportional ...
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Is it possible to cut flexible solar PV panels down to size to suit small IoT type devices? [closed]

I've been looking for a supplier for tiny (approx 10mm x 30mm x 1mm) PV cells that you find on solar powered calculators without any success. Is it possible to cut a larger flex amorphous Si panel ...
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Brushed DC motor as generator, characterising the motor

I've read through the several topics here concerning using a DC motor as a generator but I've failed to answer my question so, apologies, I'm going to ask again. I need to use a small DC motor as a ...
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Nanovolts to millivolts signal amplification [closed]

I need to amplify a weak signal(few nanovlts) from solenoid to few hundred millivolts. I am working on an energy harvesting device but I am unsure of the output since the DAQ(HP 34970 A) works in ...
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Solar charging a lipo battery with ESP8266 as a battery load

I am trying to add solar harvesting capability to my IoT device based on esp8266. I am using linear charge controller (MCP 73831) with solar input to charge a 500maH lipo battery. An observation when ...
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Flash an LED with an extremely low power source

Let's say I have a very low power solar cell, which is producing a couple of uA of current at 100-200 mV for an output power of a few hundred nW. What I would like to know is what is the best (most ...
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Teg energy harvesting by ltc3108

I am currently doing a project regarding thermal energy harvesting using TEC Peltier modules and LTC3108 IC chip. This IC chip requires inductors that act as transformer to step up the voltage input. ...
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Circuit to harvest power

I am working with a homemade material. I can harvest a power from this system. Thus a load, plugged to short cut my material, is crossed by a current. I would like to really harvest this power, it ...
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Input of boost converter or charge pump in the energy harvest [closed]

I read some paper about the energy harvest, and lots of paper said the induced voltage from, for example, the thermo-electric harvesting could be as low as tens of millivolts in a realistic case, so ...
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How do the cassette tape adapters get their energy

I was wondering where the cassette tape adaptors get their energy, looking at this image http://car-mods.wonderhowto.com/how-to/hack-your-cars-cassette-deck-into-wireless-bluetooth-music-player-...
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LTC3525 Shutdown feature reacts to wrong thresholds

I've be thankful if somebody can help me with my energy harvesting board problem. I've created an energy harvesting board based on the step-ups Linear Technology LTC3105 and LTC3525-3.3. Below please ...