Electromagnetic generator for harvesting energy from human motion

Chitta Saha, T. O'Donnell, N. Wang, P. McClosky

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    This paper presents an electromagnetic based generator which is suitable for supplying generating power from human body motion and has application in providing energy for body worn sensors or electronics devices. A prototype generator has been built and tested both by a shaker at resonance condition and also by human body motion during walking and slow running. The experimental results will show that the prototype could generate 300 μW to 2.5 mW power from human body motion. The measured results are analyzed and compared with the theoretical model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-253
    JournalSensors and Actuators A: Physical
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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    • Energy harvesting
    • Self-powered sensors
    • Electromechanical conversion


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