Waste heat replaces batteries

January 22, 2013 // By Wladimir Punt, Micropelt GmbH

With those, there is no information about the energy harvesting conditions, no analysis tool, no interaction between the thermal power supply front-end and electronics. This is the way how battery-powered equipment has been developed. With energy harvesting we need to understand the ambient energy condition, also over time. We need to make use of the level of collected energy, so we can anticipate the functionality of the equipment.

Multiple thermal energy harvesting evaluation kits exist nowadays. Are they good ? Most are simply created by connecting two existing evaluation systems and put them in a new box: the power management one and microcontroller.
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