Electric control of power extracting end-stop for MEMS vibration energy harvesting
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Original versionJournal of Physics, Conference Series. 2014, 557 . 10.1088/1742-6596/557/1/012012
This experimental work investigates a technique to further improve performance of vibration energy harvesters under displacement-constrained operation. Previously, a device concept based on end-stops acting as additional transducers was developed so that the harvested power can be increased beyond the power obtained from a conventional harvester of the same size. However, there is a range of tested acceleration amplitudes in which the transducing end- stop device performs worse than the conventional device. In this paper, an approach using electric control is used to optimize the end-stop transducer performance and thereby further improve the system effectiveness under displacement constrained operation. For example, the maximum power increases by a factor of 2.4 compared to that of a conventional prototype under the same operating conditions and constrained displacement amplitude, while this value was about 1.3 for the previous technique.