Studying the Feasibility of Energy Harvesting in a Mobile Sensor Network
- Author(s): Rahimi, Mohammed
- Shah, Hardik
- Sukhatme, Gaurav
- Heidemann, John
- Estrin, D
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?isnumber=27829&arnumber=1241567
We study the feasibility of extending the lifetime of a wireless sensor network by exploiting mobility. In our system, a small percentage of network nodes are autonomously mobile, allowing them to move in search of energy, recharge, and delivery energy to immobile, energy-depleted nodes. We term this approach energy harvesting. We characterize the problem of uneven energy consumption, suggest energy harvesting as a possible solution, and provide a simple analytical framework to evaluate energy consumption and our scheme. Data from initial feasibility experiments using energy harvesting show promising results.