Hybrid Harvesting Energy for Wireless Sensor Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0489
Agency Tracking Number: A072-034-2437
Amount: $729,696.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-034
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 128, 245 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ, 08530
DUNS: 619122955
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farhad Mohammadi
 Director, Research and De
 (609) 397-2900
Business Contact
 Richard Cass
Title: President
Phone: (609) 397-2900
Email: advcer@aol.com
Research Institution
Currently, wireless sensors have been used in variety of applications such as surveillance, real-time data sharing, in-vivo medical devices, condition-based monitoring, etc. that can revolutionize industrial efficiency, health monitoring, and data processing. MEMS technology made possible autonomous wireless sensor nodes via the use of widespread, tiny sensors in large numbers. However, the sheer number of sensors requires a huge number of batteries, which can be very heavy, hard to deploy, and difficult to replace. Large geographic coverage of surveillance sensors requiring hundreds or thousands of batteries, with a limited life span and temperature tolerance, may not be practical, especially due to their maintenance and replacing the discharged batteries in hostile territories. Therefore, it is important to have a self-sufficient carefree power source that can generate electric power from its environment. Maximizing the use of wireless sensors will reduce the cost of maintenance and manpower. Using electric energy generated by environmental elements from disturbance/vibration or a temperature gradient in self-powered devices can eliminate sensor batteries in remote or inaccessible places. This proposal addresses that need via a novel approach to generate power from hybrid energy sources.

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