Optimum thermoelectric energy harvesting for wearable system applications

Rashid Abdulla Alshehhi, Md Shamsul Arefin, Taiyang Wu, Mehmet Yuce

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The limitations in wearable devices are the battery size, weight, and its limited life time. By placing thermoelectric generator (TEG) on human body, wearable devices with micro-power operations can be powered continuously. In this paper, a thermoelectric energy harvesting technique is presented to power a micro-power wearable watch. The output voltage of TEGs is required to be higher than a certain voltage level (e.g. 28.5mV) for efficient operations. The required input and output voltages of the TEG are maintained during different activities, environmental conditions, and load conditions. The experimental result shows an output voltage of 5 V at open circuit, and 4.15V when it produces output power of 86.8μW at optimum load resistance of 200 kΩ. Experimental results are also extended for hybrid energy harvesting using both TEG and solar which provides fast and efficient energy harvesting both indoor and outdoor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks
Subtitle of host publication15-16 December 2016, Turin, Italy
EditorsGiancarlo Fortino, Ildiko Peter, Giuseppe Labate, Paolo Bellavista, Jian-Nong Cao, Markus Endler, Uichin Le, Carlo Giannelli, Ladislau Matekovits, Valeria Loscr, Zhelong Whang, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Matti Hamalainen, Raffaele Gravina
PublisherInstitute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781631901324
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2016 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 15 Dec 201616 Dec 2016
Conference number: 11th
https://eudl.eu/proceedings/BODYNETS/2016 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2016
Abbreviated titleBodyNets 2016
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