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A tuned rectifier for RF energy harvesting from ambient radiations

Singh, Gaurav and Ponnaganti, Rahul and Prabhakar, TV and Vinoy, KJ (2013) A tuned rectifier for RF energy harvesting from ambient radiations. In: AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, 67 (7). pp. 564-569.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aeue.2012.12.004


A circuit topology based on accumulate-and-use philosophy has been developed to harvest RF energy from ambient radiations such as those from cellular towers. Main functional units of this system are antenna, tuned rectifier, supercapacitor, a gated boost converter and the necessary power management circuits. Various RF aspects of the design philosophy for maximizing the conversion efficiency at an input power level of 15 mu W are presented here. The system is characterized in an anechoic chamber and it has been established that this topology can harvest RF power densities as low as 180 mu W/m(2) and can adaptively operate the load depending on the incident radiation levels. The output of this system can be easily configured at a desired voltage in the range 2.2-4.5 V. A practical CMOS load - a low power wireless radio module has been demonstrated to operate intermittently by this approach. This topology can be easily modified for driving other practical loads, from harvested RF energy at different frequencies and power levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013 09:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46879

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