Electric Power Self-Supply Module for WSN Sensor Node Based on MEMS Vibration Energy Harvester
AbstractThis paper proposes an electric power self-supply module for the wireless sensor network (WSN) sensor node. The module includes an electromagnetic vibration energy harvester based on micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technology and a processing circuit. The vibration energy harvester presented in this paper is fabricated by an integrated microfabrication process and consists of four similar and relatively independent beam vibration elements. The main functions of the processing circuit are to convert the output of the harvester from unstable alternating current (AC) to stable direct current (DC), charge the super capacitor, and ensure the stable output of the super capacitor. The preliminary test results of the harvester chip show that the chip can output discontinuous pulse voltage, and the range of the voltage value is from tens to hundreds of millivolts in the vibration frequency range of 10–90 Hz. The maximum value that can be reached is 563 mV (at the vibration frequency of 18 Hz). The results of the test show that the harvester can output a relatively high voltage, which can meet the general electric power demand of a WSN sensor node. View Full-Text
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Zhang, W.; Dong, Y.; Tan, Y.; Zhang, M.; Qian, X.; Wang, X. Electric Power Self-Supply Module for WSN Sensor Node Based on MEMS Vibration Energy Harvester. Micromachines 2018, 9, 161.
Zhang W, Dong Y, Tan Y, Zhang M, Qian X, Wang X. Electric Power Self-Supply Module for WSN Sensor Node Based on MEMS Vibration Energy Harvester. Micromachines. 2018; 9(4):161.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Wenyang; Dong, Ying; Tan, Yushan; Zhang, Min; Qian, Xiang; Wang, Xiaohao. 2018. "Electric Power Self-Supply Module for WSN Sensor Node Based on MEMS Vibration Energy Harvester." Micromachines 9, no. 4: 161.
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