Energy harvesting embedded wireless sensor system for building environment applications

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Wang, Wensi S.
O'Donnell, Terence
Ribetto, Luca
O'Flynn, Brendan
Hayes, Michael
Ó Mathúna, S. Cian
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For many wireless sensor networks applications, indoor light energy is the only ambient energy source commonly available. Many advantages and constraints co-exist in this technology. However, relatively few indoor light powered harvesters have been presented and much research remains to be carried out on a variety of related design considerations and trade-offs. This work presents a solution using the Tyndall mote and an indoor light powered wireless sensor node. It analyses design considerations on several issues such as indoor light characteristics, solar panel component choice, maximum power point tracking, energy storage elements and the trade-offs and choices between them.
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Wang, W.S., O'Donnell, T., Ribetto, L., O'Flynn, B., Hayes, M., Ó Mathúna, S. C. , 2009. Energy harvesting embedded wireless sensor system for building environment applications. In: IEEE, 2009 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Technology (Wireless Vitae 2009). Aalborg , Denmark, 17-20 May 2009. doi: 10.1109/WIRELESSVITAE.2009.5172418
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