Holistic System Design Approach For Embedded Energy Harvesting Systems In Real-World Applications (Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2016)

Dr Juan-Mario Gruber, Lecturer / Head of Research Group Autarkic Systems


Europe 2016 Presentation - ZHAW*
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Presentation Summary

This presentation discusses the prerequisites, requirements and constraints which need to be considered in the conception and implementation of real-world self-sufficient embedded systems. The proposed design procedure is based on a holistic system approach in which both the consumption and the generation side are designed for the constraints of energy harvesting systems. We present applications using thermoelectric generators (TEG) and inductive harvesters designed using this process. The novelty we show is a prototype that demonstrates the feasibility of self-sufficient systems for powering a DC-Motor as an actuator for a valve. Furthermore the limitations of energy harvesting with regard to the application are discussed.

Speaker Biography (Juan-Mario Gruber)

Juan-Mario Gruber studied Electronics at RWTH Aachen University. He made his PhD in the fields of process control of injection moulding. At the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH-Aachen he was head of the research group for Process Control and Quality Assurance at the Injection Moulding department. After that he worked for Kistler Instrumente AG, Switzerland, as head of development and head of business field "Production Monitoring". Today he is professor and head of the research area "Energy Autarkic Embedded Systems" at the Institute of Embedded Systems at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

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