A high performance contra-rotating energy harvester and its wireless sensing application toward green and maintain free vehicle monitoring

Zhixia Wang, Hongzhi Du, Wei Wang, Qichang Zhang, Fengshou Gu, Andrew D. Ball, Cheng Liu, Xuanbo Jiao, Hongyun Qiu, Dawei Shi

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Intelligent transportation necessitates advanced perception and cognitive systems that can provide continuous feedback from the vehicle. However, sensors relying on batteries face challenges such as high maintenance costs and environmental issues due to the limited lifespan of the power source. To overcome these challenges, this paper reports an efficient battery-free solution for transportation monitoring. The solution utilizes a speed-amplified rotary energy harvester (SAREH) to power various wireless Bluetooth sensors, enabling continuous monitoring of the vehicle's motion state. The SAREH combines a contra-rotating mechanism with a friction pendulum, resulting in excellent power output in a compact design. Experimental results demonstrate the ability of SAREH to extract power from vehicles operating at speeds ranging from 180 to 1260 rpm. The maximum power output and corresponding power density are measured as 712 mW and 34 mW cm−3, respectively. The prototype successfully powers portable electronics and supports battery-free navigation, triaxial acceleration, and temperature multi-sensors during real road and railway simulation tests. Additionally, the SAREH operates as a highly sensitive speed sensor and an early-warning system for detecting the vehicle's motion state. These results represent a significant advancement in intelligent transportation systems by showcasing the practicality of self-powered wireless monitoring capabilities on vehicles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number122370
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Energy
Early online date30 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024

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