Published September 17, 2018 | Version v1
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Harvesting artificial light indoors to power perpetually a Wireless Sensor Network node

  • 1. Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)Centre
  • 2. Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)


Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) devices are usually battery powered and thereby their lifetime is limited. This issue leads to lose data measurements and thus to a performance loss of the underlying WSN application. It also increases the maintenance cost in Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios with a huge number of WSN devices. Energy harvesting (EH) is one of the key technologies to solve this issue. In this paper, energy harvesting by artificial light is proposed to power WSN devices in indoor scenarios. Contrary to the state-of-the-art related work, this paper experimentally demonstrates that it is possible, under
certain conditions, to achieve energy neutral WSN devices by harvesting energy from artificial light. The experimental setup consists of an EH module, which powers a WSN source data acquisition node, and a WSN sink node which receives the data sent by the first. The EH module consists of a photovoltaic (PV)
cell, a boost converter and a 3V coin battery.


Grant numbers : This work has been partially funded by the project SPOT5G (TEC2017-87456-P)© 2018 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.


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