Compact, digital and self-powered piezoelectric vibration energy harvester with generation control using voltage measurement circuit

Yushin Hara, Kensuke Saito, Kanjuro Makihara

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Abstract

As piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting (PVEH) extracts electrical energy from vibration, it is a promising portable power device. Although harvesting efficiency can be increased by using switch controls based on vibration displacement, such controls require external controllers and sensors, which consume energy and occupy space in a device. To separate external energy sources and sensors from a switch controller, we propose a measurement circuit and a digital controller for PVEH to increase autonomy, flexibility, and compactness. In the present study, switch controls are realized on a self-powered digital controller using piezoelectric voltage as an observation value, where achieves a switch-controlled PVEH independent from additional external sensors. We discuss the characteristics of the proposed circuit and evaluate the harvesting performance. The experimental results demonstrated that the proposed sensor-less harvester has a harvesting performance comparable to that of a conventional sensor-equipped harvester.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111609
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Volume299
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Digital control
  • SSHI
  • Self-powered device
  • Vibration energy harvesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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