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Electronics 2019, 8(1), 41;

Design and Optimization of Supercapacitor Hybrid Architecture for Power Supply-Connected Batteries Lifetime Enhancement

Sindoh Co., Ltd., Seoul 04797, Korea
Department of Smart Systems Software, Soongsil University, Seoul 06978, Korea
Department of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
School of Electrical Engineering, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 44610, Korea
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in IEEE/ACM The International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), 2014.
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Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 21 December 2018 / Published: 1 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hardware and Architecture)
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AC power adapters for battery-operated systems, such as smartphones and notebook computers, not only supply run-time power to operate the devices but also charge the built-in batteries. The capacity of the adapter is optimized for the average power demand rather than the maximum power demand to reduce the size and weight of the adapter. Such a reduced capacity adapter may cause the battery to age even when the device is operated with the power adapter while under higher power demand, which is different from the expectation of most users. A recent study proposed a supercapacitor assist architecture to reduce the battery aging when the battery is powered by the adapter. However, the previous work only shows the potential of the architecture. In this work, we propose a design methodology to find the optimal setup for the supercapacitor hybrid architecture considering supercapacitor array structure and power conversion efficiency. The results show that a supercapacitor having 17.5 mF capacity and 20 V withstand voltage is enough to supply the deficient energy of a reduced capacity power adapter. View Full-Text
Keywords: battery; hybrid-architecture; laptop; reduced-capacity-adapter; aging battery; hybrid-architecture; laptop; reduced-capacity-adapter; aging

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Kim, J.; Shin, D.; Baek, D.; Park, J. Design and Optimization of Supercapacitor Hybrid Architecture for Power Supply-Connected Batteries Lifetime Enhancement. Electronics 2019, 8, 41.

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