Title: Harvesting energy from small temperature differences
Authors : Gruber, Juan-Mario
Mathis, Simon
Proceedings: Wireless Congress 2016 Proceedings
Conference details: 13. Wireless Congress 2016: Systems & Applications, München, 9.-10. November 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution : WEKA Fachmedien
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Abstract)
Language : English
Subjects : Wireless; Booster; TEG; Energy Harvesting
Subject (DDC) : 621.3: Electrical engineering and electronics
Abstract: A new boost converter for low voltage input is presented. It is optimized for high efficiency at input voltages of few 10 mV. The developed prototype is operating at an input voltage of about 15 mV. A cold start needs about 36 mV. At 120 mV input and 3.6 V output an efficiency of more than 70 % is reached. The developed booster is compared against commercial available boost converters in terms of efficiency, start-up voltage and costs. A test under real conditions has been done using a 30x30mm sized low-cost TEG. At a temperature difference of 3 K enough energy can be harvested to power an embedded system with a DC drive opening and closing a valve.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Embedded Systems (InES)
Publication type: Conference Paper
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/5165
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