Autoparametric Excitation and Self-powered SSHI for Power Enhancement in Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvester

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Conference Proceeding
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2018, 1052 (1)
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© Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd. We proposed an autoparametric excitation harvester employing a microfabricated leaf spring for the base beam and a synchronized switch harvesting on inductor (SSHI) interface. Our harvester achieved miniaturization, low threshold acceleration of the autoparametric excitation, and increase in output power, compared with the previous work. The base beam for amplifying the excitation was microfabricated from a stainless steel film, through the photolithography followed by the wet-chemical etching. To trigger the autoparametric excitation, the main and the base beams are designed such that the resonance frequency for the base beam becomes twice higher than that for the main beam. The resonance frequencies obtained in experiment for the main and the base beams were 26.6 and 53.1 Hz, respectively. This study employed a self-powered parallel SSHI interface, which can increase the piezoelectric voltage and thus the output power, consuming only a small portion of the harvested energy. The harvester connected with the self-powered SSHI interface successfully displayed the autoparametric excitation at acceleration greater than 1.0 m/s 2 , and the output power showed 1.12 mW at the frequency of 53.1 Hz under the acceleration of 2.0 m/s 2 , which is 1.43-fold increase over the standard AC-DC interface.
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