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3D-printed Cube Enables Multiband Energy Harvesting

3D-printed Cube Enables Multiband Energy Harvesting

Written by David

January 16, 2019

Ambient energy emitted by cellular phones and modems can be captured and converted into electricity using unusually shaped technology according to researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) . Radio waves from wireless sources can reportedly help recharge an inexpensive energy harvester developed at KAUST for Internet-of-things (IoT) gadgets. The researchers helped miniaturize energy harvesting device using a system-on-package approach in which the protective packaging around microelectronics is used to accommodate components, including communication antennas, for considerably reduced costs and space requirements. Atif Shamim, a professor of electrical engineering and an authority in energy harvesting, recognized that system-on-package design could help IoT devices become more self-sufficient. His team looked into strategies to construct highly compact antennas that tune to the radiofrequency signals emitted from wireless and mobile devices. They then worked with Khaled Salama’s group at KAUST to convert this energy into electricity using semiconductor diodes. […]

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