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Modeling, design and optimization of hybrid electromagnetic and piezoelectric MEMS energy scavengers

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3 Author(s)
Xiaochun Wu ; Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3301 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, 60616, USA ; Alireza Khaligh ; Yang Xu

A hybrid energy scavenging technique is introduced to harness ambient energy through electromagnetic and piezoelectric mechanisms to achieve higher power density and higher energy conversion efficiency in a high mechanical damping MEMS structure. By inspecting the second-order mechanical dynamic system for electromagnetic and piezoelectric energy conversions, a unified model is proposed to capture the relation of the recoverable hybrid energy and the input vibration frequency as well as the amplitude. Design trade-offs are considered for the hybrid scavenger size and power maximization. A hybrid MEMS energy scavenger design with optimization results for implementation is shown as an example.

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2008 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

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21-24 Sept. 2008