Energy Harvesting for an 'Intelligent' Tyre

Dr Rob van Schaijk, Principal Researcher
Holst Centre/IMEC-NL
Jun 29, 2011.


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Presentation Summary

  • Short introduction of the 'intelligent' tyre concept.
  • Latest results on piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters as energy source.
  • The possibilities of RF energy transfer for automotive applications.

Speaker Biography (Rob van Schaijk)

Rob van Schaijk obtained a master degree in applied physics from the technical university of Eindhoven in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 1999. In 1999 he started senior scientist for Philips Research in the area of silicon processing. He worked on the process development and characterization of embedded non-volatile memories and as project leader working on the process development and industrialization of RF-MEMS. Since 2007 he is working for IMEC in the Holst Centre, as principal researcher and program manager in the micropower program. This program focuses on the development of energy harvesters for use in wireless sensor nodes. The main interest is in MEMS based vibrational and thermal energy harvesters.

Company Profile (Holst Centre/IMEC)

Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 175 employees from around 25 nationalities and a commitment from more than 20 industrial partners.
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