The State of Energy Harvesting Discussed at Darnell’s Power Forum

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 9:39am
Linnea Brush

linneaLike most emerging technologies, energy harvesting is evolving to meet certain needs in specific applications. Even though some of this has already been established, challenges still remain that enterprising companies can take advantage of. Fraunhofer Institute has been doing applied research in energy harvesting for many years, and they will be presenting their latest findings during the Plenary Session at DPF ’10.

Energy harvesting techniques must adapt to different environments, sources of energy and applications. Fraunhofer’s paper, “Maximizing Energy Output of Energy Harvesting Power Supplies with Adaptive Power Management,” will address how adaptive power management can cope with different thermal gradients, amplitudes, and frequencies to harvest “what is possible.” There is no “one-size-fits-all” power management solution when it comes to energy harvesting, but this presentation will provide up-to-date data that can be used in product design and planning. 

 Other speakers addressing energy harvesting developments will include:  

• Harry Ostaffe, Powercast

• Jason Tollefson, Microchip Technology

• Jeff Sather, Cymbet

• Bhanu Kapoor, Mimasic

• Mark Buccini, Texas Instruments

• Frank Roberts, Infinite Power Solutions 

•Jerry Fleming, Luna Innovations  

Check this column regularly for updates on DPF ’10!  

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