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TitleMetallic glass/PVDF magnetoelectric energy harvester working up to the radiofrequency range
Author(s)Lasheras, A.
Gutierrez, J.
Reis, S.
Sousa, D.
Silva, M.
Martins, Pedro Libânio Abreu
Lanceros-Méndez, S.
Barandiaran, J.M.
Issue date2015
CitationLasheras, A., Guttierrez, J., Reis, S., Sousa, D., Silva, M., Martins, P., . . . Barandiaran, J. M. (2015). Metallic glass/PVDF magnetoelectric energy harvester working up to the radiofrequency range. Paper presented at the 2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015.
Abstract(s)Companies and researchers involved in developing miniaturized electronic devices face the basic problem of the needed batteries size, finite life of time and environmental pollution caused by their final deposition. The current trends to overcome this situation point towards Energy Harvesting technology. These harvesters (or scavengers) store the energy from sources present in the ambient (as wind, solar, electromagnetic, etc) and are costless for us. Piezoelectric devices are the ones that show a higher power density, and materials as ceramic PZT or polymeric PVDF have already demonstrated their ability to act as such energy harvester elements. Combinations between piezoelectric and electromagnetic mechanism have been also extensively investigated. Nevertheless, the power generated by these combinations is limited under the application of small magnetic fields, reducing the performance of the energy harvester [1]. In the last years the appearance of magnetoelectric (ME) devices, in which the piezoelectric deformation is driven by the magnetostrictive element, enables to extract the energy of very small electromagnetic signals through the generated magnetoelectric voltage at the piezoelectric element. However, very little work has been done testing PVDF polymer as piezoelectric constituent of the ME energy harvester device, and only to be proposed as a possibility of application [2]. Among the advantages of using piezopolymers for vibrational energy harvesting we can remember that they are ductile, resilient to shock, deformable and lightweight. In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of using magnetostrictive Fe-rich magnetic amorphous alloys/piezoelectric PVDF sandwich-type laminated ME devices as energy harvesters. A very simple experimental set-up will show how these laminates can extract energy, in amounts of μW, from an external AC field.
TypeConference paper
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