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Topical Collection "Energy Harvesting Sensors"


Dr. Fabio Viola
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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d’Orleans, 90128, Palermo PA, Italy
Interests: electromagnetic compatibility; high voltage; partial discharges; renewable energy; power converters and energy harvesting
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Dear Colleagues,

Our existence is immersed in a bath of energy, which is often left to degrade because we perceive this energy as expendable. We need to invert the following succession of concepts: If something is of interest, it has its own energy, and the same energy can be used to determine its parameters. However, in other cases, the same energy can be taken from systems on the side, whether they supply it intentionally or not.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus, is remembered for having deceived the gods of Olympus and bringing fire to mankind after he was abducted by Zeus, who wanted to punish human beings for an affront, leaving them devoid of a visual sense. Now researchers, as the modern Prometheus, can bring energy into every device for sensing using energy harvesting.

Moreover, the research is moving toward the collection of multiple forms of information, which is not one set of values over same and different time, but a set of values in knowledge, in the broadest sense of the term—the real-world objects.

To represent an object, we can no longer rely on its secondary aspects but must have information on its behaviour under stressful conditions. There are many sensors to be used and the technologies that feed them must be less invasive.

New energy harvesting devices based on electromagnetic or mechanical principles are continually being invented, exploiting electronic components to make power available for sensors.

This collection aims to bring together the latest research in the energy harvesting sensing discipline. Contributions may refresh the state-of-the-art technology, point out the benefits of emerging technologies, or investigate novel schemes and applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Energy harvesting sensing;
  • Mechanical harvesters;
  • Electromagnetic harvesters;
  • Electronic circuits for the storage.
Dr. Fabio Viola
Collection Editor

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  • energy harvester
  • sensors
  • piezoelectric effect
  • electromechanical device
  • rectifying circuit
  • autonomous sensors
  • charging (batteries)
  • energy autonomy
  • microsystems

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