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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 114; doi:10.3390/s18010114

Atmospheric Sensors and Energy Harvesters on Overhead Power Lines

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Received: 4 October 2017 / Revised: 25 December 2017 / Accepted: 27 December 2017 / Published: 3 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Sensors: A New Class of Tools to Measure Air Quality)
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We demonstrate the feasibility of using novel, small energy harvesters to power atmospheric sensors and radios simply attached to a single conductor of existing overhead power distribution lines. We demonstrate the ability to harvest the required power for operating multiple atmospheric and power-system sensors, together with short-range radios that could broadcast atmospheric sensor data to the cellphones of people nearby. Occasional long-range broadcasts of the data could also be made of both atmospheric and power-line conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: high-efficiency energy harvesters; overhead power lines; flux guides high-efficiency energy harvesters; overhead power lines; flux guides

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White, R.M.; Nguyen, D.-S.; Wu, Z.; Wright, P.K. Atmospheric Sensors and Energy Harvesters on Overhead Power Lines. Sensors 2018, 18, 114.

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