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Environmental Energy Management in Sensor Networks

  • Author(s): Aman Kansal;
  • Dunny Potter;
  • Mani Srivastava
  • et al.

Energy is a major constraint in the design of embedded sensor networks. The energy supplied by batteries with acceptable form factor may not be sufficient for several applications. Extracting energy from the environment is a feasible alternative in many practical scenarios. We present methods to make the most of the available energy in a distributed system and to operate reliably from highly variable energy sources. We also demonstrate the first version of our hardware which is compatible with several existing sensor nodes for enabling energy harvesting.

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