MSc thesis project proposal
 Single-Channel Energy Harvesting Power Converter for Heterogenous Sources
Project outside the universityNOWI
Currently, power converters are designed from scratch for each of these applications, but, from an economic standpoint, this is very expensive and time-consuming. To tackle this problem, power converters with multiple input channels, on which heterogeneous sources can be connected, have been published in the literature. However, the simultaneous use of several harvesters is not a popular option due to the large size of the final product and its increased BOM cost. Therefore, a single IC that can harvest from any of these energy sources would be the most valuable solution.
AssignmentEfforts on creating the multi-source power converter have been started by a previous master student. The goal of this project is to improve existing piezo-electric harvesting efficiency and, at the same, reduce the input voltage range below 100mV. The target input voltage ranges from 100 mV to 5 V, the input frequency ranges from DC to a few MHz, and the input power ranges from 10 μW to 100 mW.
RequirementsYou are an MSc student in Electrical Engineering, in the Microelectronics track, and in the Analog or Biomedical Electronics profile. You have received at least a 7.5 for Analog Integrated Circuit Design (ET4252). Preferably you have also taken Introduction to power conversion technology (ET4382).
prof.dr.ir. Wouter Serdijn
Department of Microelectronics
Last modified: 2021-05-04