Special Issue "Energy Scavenging for Embedded Electronic Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Davide Brunelli

DII, University of Trento, I-38123 Trento, Italy
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Interests: Development of new techniques of Energy Scavenging for embedded electronic systems; Exploring interaction and design issues in embedded personal device and wireless sensor network; Development and optimization of low-power and low-cost Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for Climate and Environmental Monitoring; Development of algorithms for position analysis and tracking in indoor environments; Ubiquitous computing oriented to the cooperation through mobile devices and development of applications for portable systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is intended to explore the challenges, issues, and opportunities in the research, design, and engineering of energy-harvesting and energy-neutral sensing systems. These are an enabling technology for Internet-of-Things IoT applications and pervasive computing.

Innovative solutions in hardware for energy scavenging and power management policies in low-power architectures are solicited, describing advances in sensing systems powered by energy harvesting, as well as those which describe practical implementation experiences.

High quality technical articles will be reviewed by top experts in the field.

Dr. Davide Brunelli
Guest Editor

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  • energy harvesting
  • energy-neutral embedded systems
  • low power devices
  • transiently powered computing
  • electronics for iot
  • advanced for low-power sensing

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Open AccessArticle Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Node for Telemetry Applications Optimized for Low Illumination Levels
Electronics 2016, 5(2), 26; doi:10.3390/electronics5020026
Received: 24 March 2016 / Revised: 17 May 2016 / Accepted: 25 May 2016 / Published: 1 June 2016
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This paper reports the design of a photovoltaic energy harvesting device used as a telemetry node in wireless sensor networks. The device draws power from the small solar cell, stores it into the primary energy buffer and backup supercapacitor, collects measured data from
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This paper reports the design of a photovoltaic energy harvesting device used as a telemetry node in wireless sensor networks. The device draws power from the small solar cell, stores it into the primary energy buffer and backup supercapacitor, collects measured data from various sensors and transmits them over low power radio link at 868 MHz. Its design ensures reliable cold booting under very poor illumination conditions (down to 20 lx). The solar cell also enables indirect illumination level detection for the subcircuit that manages stored energy (day/night detector). The device is allowed to draw power from the backup supercapacitor only when it is not possible to gather enough energy from the solar cell during the sleep period. Short lasting and sudden drops of the illumination do not activate the backup power supply. A wireless sensor node design is adjusted to the proposed photovoltaic harvesting circuitry, so the overall power consumption in the sleep mode is less than 25 μW. Also, due to adaptive power consumption, proposed device topology ensures its autonomy time in the total darkness of 81 h. The device has been produced using commercially available components enabling versatile telemetric functionality by the implementation of different sensors. Full article
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