Energy Harvesting from Air Flow for Wireless Sensor Networks

Andrew Holmes,
Imperial College London
United Kingdom
Nov 16, 2011.


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Presentation Summary

  • Introduction to air-flow harvesting: principles and fundamental limits
  • Review of previous approaches
  • Design, fabrication and performance of a cm-scale turbine-based harvester
  • Outlook

Speaker Biography (Andrew Holmes)

Andrew S. Holmes received the B.A. degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K., in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 1992. He is currently Professor of Microelectromechanical Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London. His research interests are mainly in the areas of micro-power generation by energy harvesting, power conditioning electronics for energy harvesters, ultra-low power radio for wireless sensors, and laser processing for MEMS manufacture. He is a cofounder and director of Microsaic Systems plc, a spin-out company started in 2001 to commercialise Imperial College MEMS research.

Company Profile (Centre for Plastic Electronics)

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Founded in 1907 and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Imperial has around 12,000 full-time students coming from 123 countries, with approximately 4,000 involved in taught or research based postgraduate studies. Imperial is divided into 3 faculties and a business school.