Energy Harvesting for IoT, Wireless Sensors, Stand-Alone Systems and Electronics

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Power Electronics".

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Department of Industrial Electronics, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes, Portugal
Interests: power electronics; power quality; active power filters; renewable energy; energy efficiency; electric vehicles; energy storage systems; battery charging systems; smart grids; smart cities; smart homes; technologies for innovative railway systems
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Algoritmi Research Centre, Department of Industrial Electronics, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: power electronics converters; electric mobility; renewable energy sources; digital control techniques; smart grids
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1. CMEMS—UMinho, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
2. LABBELS—Associate Laboratory, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
3. Department of Industrial Electronics, University of Minho, Campus of Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: internet of things; wireless sensor networks; body sensor network; mobile phone sensing; quality of service; medium access control
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Department of Electrical Engineering (SEL), São Carlos School of Engineering (EESC), University of São Paulo (USP), São Carlos 13566-590, Brazil
Interests: analog and digital integrated circuits; micromachining and micro/nanofabrication technologies for mixed-mode/RF systems; solid-state integrated sensors; microactuators and microsystems; micro/nanodevices for industrial and biomedical applications; wireless systems for sensors and actuators; optical sensors and actuators; material technology for microsystems; microprocessor/microcomputer-based instrumentation and data-acquisition systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The next generation of battery-operated wireless sensors, wearables and other electronic devices represent suitable candidates for the application of energy harvesting systems. This is because batteries alone may not be sufficient to supply the desired device’s lifetime due to their limited capacity. For example, the capacity of commercial class AA batteries, e.g., the most suitable and readily available for deployment, is limited to only 3000 mAh. Thus, the association of such devices with the use of some kind of energy harvesting system can reveal an interesting approach. Energy harvesters are currently emerging for a number of applications, from biomedical to automotive. Some of the most important known energy sources of interest are thermoelectric (from thermal gradients), photovoltaic (from solar light) and piezoelectric (from mechanical vibrations). Considering that many stand-alone devices are powered on a peak basis, e.g., the active mode for transmission or reception of data requires much more current than standby (sleep) mode, and that the environmental conditions for energy harvesting may not always be present, the collected energy needs to be stored in a small rechargeable battery integrated in the system. Ultra-low-power electronics perform DC–DC conversion with a variable conversion factor and recharge the battery under optimal conditions. All of these issues and applications related to energy harvesting are objects of focus in this Special Issue. Topics of interest include, among others, the following:

  • Materials for energy harvesting;
  • Mechanical energy harvesting;
  • Thermoelectric energy harvesting;
  • Electromagnetic energy harvesting;
  • Energy harvesting for wearables;
  • Energy harvesting for stand-alone systems;
  • Microsystems for energy harvesting;
  • Energy harvesting for microsystems;
  • Energy harvesting for IoT devices;
  • Energy harvesting for wireless networks;
  • Power management for energy harvesting systems;
  • Electronics for energy harvesting systems;
  • Self-powered sensors;
  • Applications of energy harvesting;
  • Communication protocols for energy harvesting systems;
  • Power converters for energy harvesting systems.

Dr. Joao L. Afonso
Dr. Vítor Monteiro
Dr. José A. Afonso
Dr. João Paulo Pereira do Carmo
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Keywords

  • power converters for energy harvesting systems
  • electromagnetic energy harvesting
  • energy harvesting for microsystems
  • mechanical energy harvesting
  • power management for energy harvesting systems
  • electronics for energy harvesting systems

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