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In-Wall Thermoelectric Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Networks

Topics: Ecological Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization; Embedded Sensor Networks; Energy Efficient Network Hardware; Energy Monitoring; Energy-Efficient Communication Protocols; Green Communications Architectures and Frameworks; Harvesting Energy with Customer Participation; Integrating Renewable Energy Sources into the Smart Cities Grid; Low Power Wireless Communication Technologies; Smart Sensor-Based Networks and Applications

Authors: Aristotelis Kollias 1 and Ioanis Nikolaidis 2

Affiliations: 1 Univercity of Alberta, Canada ; 2 University of Alberta, Canada

ISBN: 978-989-758-025-3

Keyword(s): Wireless Sensor Networks, Energy Harvesting, Thermoelectric Energy.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Ecological Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization ; Embedded Sensor Networks ; Energy and Economy ; Energy Efficient Network Hardware ; Energy Monitoring ; Energy-Aware Systems and Technologies ; Energy-Efficient Communication Protocols ; Green Communications Architectures and Frameworks ; Harvesting Energy with Customer Participation ; Integrating Renewable Energy Sources into the Smart Cities Grid ; Low Power Wireless Communication Technologies ; Smart Cities ; Smart Grids ; Smart Sensor-Based Networks and Applications ; Sustainable Computing and Communications

Abstract: We propose the use of embedded in-wall thermoelectric harvesters to power nodes of a wireless sensor network. We exploit the significant temperature differences between indoor and outdoor environments in cold climates. We use heat flow measurements of the exterior (outside-facing) wall of a number of apartments from the same apartment complex. We report on the degree of variability as well as on the seasonal changes that characterize the heat flow, and hence the potential for thermoelectric energy harvesting. We also examine whether the difference between indoor and outdoor air temperature is a good proxy for to the observed heat flow through the walls. Examples of data carrying capability of a particular harvester and sensor node combination are also provided.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Kollias A. and Nikolaidis I. (2014). In-Wall Thermoelectric Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Networks.In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS, ISBN 978-989-758-025-3, pages 213-221. DOI: 10.5220/0004864102130221

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author={Aristotelis Kollias and Ioanis Nikolaidis},
title={In-Wall Thermoelectric Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Networks},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS,},
year={2014},
pages={213-221},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004864102130221},
isbn={978-989-758-025-3},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS,
TI - In-Wall Thermoelectric Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Networks
SN - 978-989-758-025-3
AU - Kollias A.
AU - Nikolaidis I.
PY - 2014
SP - 213
EP - 221
DO - 10.5220/0004864102130221

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