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Scavenging energy could power the future Internet of Things

 

US Researchers have found a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by sources such as radio and television transmitters, mobile phone networks and satellite communications systems.  Tapping this ambient energy could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, seen as the key to the future “Internet of Things”.

 

The fact that sensors may well be embedded in devices connected to each other means that long-life power sources are essential. Changing AA batteries every few weeks on the predicted 50 billion devices connected to the net is not an option.

 

Manos Tentzeris, a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the research leader. In an interview with PhysOrg.com, he explains:

 

"There is a large amount of electromagnetic energy all around us, but nobody has been able to tap into it. We are using an ultra-wideband antenna that lets us exploit a variety of signals in different frequency ranges, giving us greatly increased power-gathering capability."

 

The experiment is based on research supported by multiple sponsors, including the US National Science Foundation, the US Federal Highway Administration and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

 

Communications devices transmit energy in many different frequency ranges, or bands. The research team's scavenging devices can capture this energy, convert it from AC to DC, and then store it in capacitors and batteries.

 

Previous experiments utilizing TV bands have already yielded hundreds of microwatts. Multi-band systems are expected to generate one milliwatt or more, enough to operate many small electronic devices, including a variety of sensors and microprocessors. 

The researchers have already been successfully in operating a temperature sensor using energy captured from a television station over a mile away but exploiting a range of electromagnetic bands increases dependability, according to Tentzeris.

 

These devices can be used by themselves or together with other generating technologies and can also provide a form of system backup.

 

The team have also developed a way to utilise inkjet technology to print the devices on paper or paper-like polymers resulting in paper-based wireless sensors that are self-powered, low-cost and can function independently almost anywhere.

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