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A Dual-Output Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Interface with 86.6% Peak Efficiency at 30 μW and Total Control Power of 160 nW
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits. (Integrated Circuits and Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2684-0724
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits. (Integrated Circuits and Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3802-7834
2016 (English)In: IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, ISSN 0018-9200, E-ISSN 1558-173XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A thermoelectric energy harvesting interface based on a single-inductor dual-output (SIDO) boost converter is presented. A system-level design methodology combined with ultra-low power circuit techniques reduce the power consumption and minimize the losses within the converter. Additionally, accurate zero-current switching (ZCS) and zero-voltage switching (ZVS) techniques are employed in the control circuit to ensure high conversion efficiency at μW input power levels. The proposed SIDO boost converter is implemented in a 0.18 μm CMOS process and can operate from input voltages as low as 15 mV. The measurement results show that the converter achieves a peak conversion efficiency of 86.6% at 30 μW input power.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Boost converter, energy harvesting, single-inductor dual-output, zero-current switching, zero-voltage switching, dead time, low-power design
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Electrical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186514DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2016.2561959Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84986321427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-186514DiVA: diva2:927521
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Swedish Research Council
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QC 20160517

Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-12 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Highly-Efficient Energy Harvesting Interfaces for Implantable Biosensors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Highly-Efficient Energy Harvesting Interfaces for Implantable Biosensors
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Energy harvesting is identified as an alternative solution for powering implantable biosensors. It can potentially enable the development of self-powered implants if the harvested energy is properly handled. This development implies that batteries, which impose many limitations, are replaced by miniature harvesting devices. Customized interface circuits are necessary to correct for differences in the voltage and power levels provided by harvesting devices from one side, and required by biosensor circuits from another. This thesis investigates the available harvesting sources within the human body, proposes various methods and techniques for designing power-efficient interfaces, and presents two CMOS implementations of such interfaces.

Based on the investigation of suitable sources, this thesis focuses on glucose biofuel cells and thermoelectric harvesters, which provide appropriate performance in terms of power density and lifetime. In order to maximize the efficiency of the power transfer, this thesis undertakes the following steps. First, it performs a detailed analysis of all potential losses within the converter. Second, in relation to the performed analysis, it proposes a design methodology that aims to minimize the sum of losses and the power consumption of the control circuit. Finally, it presents multiple design techniques to further improve the overall efficiency.

The combination of the proposed methods and techniques are validated by two highly efficient energy harvesting interfaces. The first implementation, a thermoelectric energy harvesting interface, is based on a single-inductor dual-output boost converter. The measurement results show that it achieves a peak efficiency of 86.6% at 30 μW. The second implementation combines the energy from two sources, glucose biofuel cell and thermoelectric harvester, to accomplish reliable multi-source harvesting. The measurements show that it achieves a peak efficiency of 89.5% when the combined input power is 66 μW. 

Abstract [sv]

Energiskörd har identifierats som en alternativ lösning för att driva inplanterbara biosensorer. Det kan potentiellt möjliggöra utveckling av själv-drivna inplanterbara biosensorer. Denna utveckling innebär att batterier, som sätter många begränsningar, ersätts av miniatyriserade energiskördsenheter. Anpassade gränssnittskretsar är nödvändiga för att korrigera för de skillnader i spänning och effektnivå som produceras av de energialstrande enheterna, och de som krävs av biosensorkretsarna. Denna avhandling undersöker de tillgängliga källorna för energiskörd i den mänskliga kroppen, föreslår olika metoder och tekniker för att utforma effektsnåla gränssnitt och presenterar två CMOS-implementeringar av sådana gränssnitt.

Baserat på undersökningen av lämpliga energiskördskällor, fokuserar denna avhandling på glukosbiobränsleceller och termoelektriska energiskördare, som har lämpliga prestanda i termer av effektdensitet och livstid. För att maximera effektiviteten hos effektöverföringen innehåller denna avhandling följande steg. Först görs en detaljerad analys av alla potentiella förluster inom boost-omvandlare. Sedan föreslår denna avhandling en designmetodik som syftar till att maximera den totala effektiviteten och effektförbrukningen. Slutligen presenterar den flera designtekniker för att ytterligare förbättra den totala effektiviteten.

Kombinationen av de föreslagna metoderna och teknikerna är varierade genom två högeffektiva lågeffekts energigränssnittskretsar. Den första inplementeringen är ett termoelektriskt energiskördsgränssnitt baserat på en induktor, med dubbla utgångsomvandlare. Mätresultaten visar att omvandlaren uppnår en maximal effektivitet av 86.6% vid 30 μW. Det andra genomförandet kombinerar energin från två källor, en glukosbiobränslecell och en termoskördare, för att åstadkomma en tillförlitlig multi-källas energiskördslösning. Mätresultaten visar att omvandlaren uppnår en maximal effektivitet av 89.5% när den kombinerade ineffekten är 66 μW. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 84 p.
Keyword
Energy harvesting interface, thermoelectric generator, glucose biofuel cell, power management, dc-dc converter, boost converter, zero-current switching, zero-voltage switching, implantable biosensor, Energiskördsgränssnitt, termoelektrisk generator, glukosbiobränslecell, energihantering, DC-DC-omvandlare, boost-omvandlare, inplanterbar biosensor
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Information and Communication Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206588 (URN)978-91-7729-370-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-09, Ka-Sal B (Sal Peter Weissglas), Kistagången 16, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Mi-SoC
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Swedish Research Council
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QC 20170508

Available from: 2017-05-08 Created: 2017-05-05 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved

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