Airflow energy harvesting with high wind velocities for industrial applications
Journal of Physics : Conference Series
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An airflow energy harvester capable of harvesting energy from vortices at high speed is presented in this paper. The airflow energy harvester is implemented using a modified helical Savonius turbine and an electromagnetic generator. A power management module with maximum power point finding capability is used to manage the harvested energy and convert the low voltage magnitude from the generator to a usable level for wireless sensors. The airflow energy harvester is characterized using vortex generated by air hitting a plate in a wind tunnel. By using an aircraft environment with wind speed of 18 m/s as case study, the output power of the airflow energy harvester is measured to be 140 mW. The maximum power point finding circuit operates based on open-circuit voltage of the airflow energy harvester. It is implemented using low power analogue circuit with a quiescent current of 790 nA. The maximum power point finding efficiency is 94.21 to 99.72 % for wind speed between 10 to 18 m/s.
The authors would like to thank EPSRC for the sponsorship of this project.
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PowerMEMS 2016, 2016-12-06, 2016-12-09, Paris, France, Vol. 773, Issue 1