Maximizing Output Power of a CFPG Micro Energy-Harvester for Wearable Medical Sensors
Baras, John, S.
Energy Harvesting refers to the process ofcapturing and storing energy from the ambientenvironment. Kinetic energy harvested from the human bodymotion seems to be one of the most convenient and attractivesolutions for wearable wireless sensors in healthcareapplications. Due to their small size, such sensors are oftenpowered by small batteries which might necessitate frequentrecharge or even sensor replacement. Energy harvesting canprolong the battery lifetime of these sensors. This could directlyimpact their everyday use and significantly help theircommercial applications such as remote monitoring. In thispaper, our aim is to develop a Simulink model of the CFPGdevice that can be used to study temporal behavior of thegenerated power. Having such a dynamic model, not only helpsto have a more accurate estimation of the amount of powergenerated from various human movements, but also allows us tofurther optimize the design parameters of the micro-harvester(e.g. size/dimension, electrostatic holding force, etc.) with thecharacteristics of the input acceleration (i.e. human activity).Download Full Paper