Thermoelectric energy harvesting for mobile phone charging application

Yap, Y. Z., Naayagi, R. T. and Woo, Wai Lok (2017) Thermoelectric energy harvesting for mobile phone charging application. In: 2016 IEEE Region 10 Conference (TENCON). IEEE, pp. 3241-3245. ISBN 978-1-5090-2598-5

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To address the dramatic increase in energy consumption of personal electronic devices, human body heat is harvested using a thermoelectric generator (TEG). This paper presents harvesting the heat energy also known as thermoelectric energy from human body heat which would be wasted otherwise using a TEG to charge a mobile phone battery. Based on the temperature difference between the heat generated from the heat source and the environment, the TEG is able to convert heat energy to thermoelectric energy. Heat energy is a renewable source that is easily accessible. In this paper body heat is being harvested. A step up DC-DC converter is used to step up the harvested voltage. This voltage can be either stored or used to power up low-power electronics. In this work, a typical Universal Serial Bus (USB) hand phone was charged using the harvested heat energy.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile phone charger, Energy harvesting, Thermoelectric energy, DC-DC converter, TEG, heat pads, USB
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 15:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:00

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