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Recent Progress in Piezoelectric Conversion and Energy Harvesting Using Nonlinear Electronic Interfaces and Issues in Small Scale Implementation

Micromachines. 2011;2(2):274-294 DOI 10.3390/mi2020274


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Journal Title: Micromachines

ISSN: 2072-666X (Online)

Publisher: MDPI AG

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Mechanical engineering and machinery

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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Daniel Guyomar

Mickaël Lallart


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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This paper aims at providing an up-to-date review of nonlinear electronic interfaces for energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations using piezoelectric coupling. The basic principles and the direct application to energy harvesting of nonlinear treatment of the output voltage of the transducers for conversion enhancement will be recalled, and extensions of this approach presented. Latest advances in this field will be exposed, such as the use of intermediate energy tanks for decoupling or initial energy injection for conversion magnification. A comparative analysis of each of these techniques will be performed, highlighting the advantages and drawbacks of the methods, in terms of efficiency, performance under several excitation conditions, complexity of implementation and so on. Finally, a special focus of their implementation in the case of low voltage output transducers (as in the case of microsystems) will be presented.