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Atmospheric Sensors and Energy Harvesters on Overhead Power Lines

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18010114
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)
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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