This paper presents an electromagnetic energy harvester using an array of rectangular permanent magnets as springless proof mass and ferrofluid as a lubricating material. Lateral motion of the multi-pole magnet array generates voltage across an array of copper windings formed under the aluminum channel in response to low frequency external vibrations such as human-body-induced motion. A proof-of-concept device has been fabricated and output voltage has been measured at various input frequencies and accelerations provided by a vibration exciter. Device with ferrofluid lubrication generated maximum open-circuit voltage of 0.47V at 3g vibration at 12Hz, which is 8% higher than that of the device without lubricant. Maximum output power of 71.26μW has been obtained at 40.8Ω with the device with ferrofluid lubrication.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|State||Published - 2013|
|Event||13th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications, PowerMEMS 2013 - London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Dec 2013 → 6 Dec 2013