Multi-scale energy harvesting

Weisi Guo*, Yansha Deng, Arumugam Nallanathan, Bin Li, Chenglin Zhao

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The energy efficiency of systems in general determines its operational sustainability. Harvesting energy is a crucial technology for a variety of wireless systems that have limited access to a reliable electricity supply or recharging sources. As such, these devices need to harvest electricity from alternative sources such as the natural environment or wireless signals. A variety of wireless systems and devices fit this profile, from relatively power-hungry macro-base stations deployed in remote regions, to nano-scale sensors in vivo environments. The wide range of devices transverse multiple length scales and communicate across distance scales that vary by 9 orders of magnitude (from km to microns). It remains unclear what set of energy harvesting technologies are suitable. This chapter will review state-of-the-art technologies that allow multi-scale wireless devices to simultaneous harvest energy and transmit data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Information and Power Transfer
Subtitle of host publicationA New Paradigm for Green Communications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783319566696
ISBN (Print)9783319566689
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2017


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