Energy Harvester Powered Wireless Sensors for Extreme Temperature Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85768
Award Id:
99474
Agency Tracking Number:
95491
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
23 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
112 West Foster Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005051219
Principal Investigator:
JacobLoverich
Dr.
(814) 867-4097
loverich@kcftech.com
Business Contact:
JeremyFrank
Dr.
(814) 867-4097
jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Application of wireless sensors in industrial markets is generally more technically challenging due to the need for a higher level of robustness and tolerance to harsh environmental conditions. Although numerous wireless sensor products exist for industrial wireless sensing, powering the sensors and their use in high temperature environments remain key technical limiters for broad industrial market applicability. This proposal is concerned with addressing key issues that limit large scale deployment of wireless sensors in power plants and other industrial environments. This problem is addressed by using: 1) temperature control of electronics in high temperature environments, 2) high temperature tolerance of thermal and vibration energy harvesters, 3) conditioning and reliably supplying voltage to wireless sensors, and 4) energy harvester mechanical robustness. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Scavenging energy to power these wireless sensors will reduce total lifecycle costs by eliminating the need for a battery change. The lifecycle costs can be slashed by decreasing the mean time between attentions (MTBA) to each sensor. The benefits of these technologies are further enhanced by insertion in high temperature environments.

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