Energy Harvesting

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Design Considerations

Energy Harvesting (EH) also known as Energy scavenging is the use of ambient energy to provide electrical power for small electronic and electrical devices.

An Energy Harvesting System consists of an Energy Harvester Module and a processor/transmitter block. The Energy Harvester module captures milli-watts of energy from light, vibration, thermal or biological sources. A possible source of energy also comes from RF such as emitted from cell phone towers. The power is then conditioned and stored within a battery, an efficient quick charging capacitor or one of the newly developed thin film batteries. The system is then triggered at the required intervals to take a sensor reading, through a low power system. This data is then processed and transmitted to the base station. This kind of EH System eliminates the dependency of the system on battery power and reduces the need to service the system.

TI's TMS37157 could also be used to harness the RF energy into electrical energy. TI's MSP430 and Low Power RF parts combined with efficient DC/DC Converters and Battery Management parts are an ideal complement to these low power energy harvesting sources

With as low as 160 uA/MHz (microamp per megahertz) active power consumption and 1.5 uA standby power consumption, MSP430F5xx MCUs enable longer battery life or no batteries at all for energy harvesting systems that run off of solar power, vibration energy or temperature differences like found on human body. The low start-up voltages of TPS612xx family enable start of Energy Harvesting at smaller voltages. TI's RF transceivers that operate in the 2.4-GHz/Sub 1-GHz range are well-suited for reliable digital wireless applications.

TI's USB-based eZ430-RF2500 tool provides hardware and software to program an MSP430 MCU and low power wireless transceiver on a postage stamp-sized target board.

By enabling 20+ year battery life, TI is opening the door to new applications that were not feasible with traditional battery powered systems. From powering a clock with a grape, to using vehicle vibrations to power sensors on a bridge, to solar powered sensors for wireless monitoring of a farm or winery, TI along with leading energy harvesting vendors, are creating a complete ecosystem allowing designers to not only envision but also create a battery-less world.

Application Notes (5)

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HTM 9 KB 07 Apr 2011 2910
HTM 8 KB 14 Jun 2010 562
HTM 8 KB 18 Sep 2009 2159
HTM 8 KB 24 Mar 2009 1471
HTM 9 KB 16 Jul 2002 1815

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Selection and Solution Guides

Selection Guides (4)

Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views
PDF 2.83 MB 02 Apr 2014 44165
PDF 1.76 MB 11 Oct 2013 7082
PDF 8.94 MB 11 Mar 2013 28717
PDF 175 KB 11 Jun 2010 2227

Solution Guides (1)

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PDF 409 KB 10 Jan 2011 5428

Tools and Software

Name Part # Company Software/Tool Type
Code Composer Studio (CCStudio) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) v5 CCSTUDIO Texas Instruments SW Development Tools, IDEs, Compilers
MSP430 Solar Energy Harvesting Development Tool EZ430-RF2500-SEH Texas Instruments Evaluation Modules & Boards
MSP430 Wireless Development Tool EZ430-RF2500 Texas Instruments Development Kits
PaLFI, Passive Low Frequency Evaluation Kit TMS37157 EZ430-TMS37157 Texas Instruments Evaluation Modules & Boards

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Product Bulletin (3)

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PDF 1.06 MB 08 Nov 2013 3065
PDF 475 KB 31 Jan 2013 4877
PDF 120 KB 30 Apr 2012 2287

White Papers (2)

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PDF 1.85 MB 19 Sep 2013 3460
PDF 322 KB 25 Jun 2012 1042

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Perpetually Powered Energy Harvesting Systems Using the MSP430 MCU
Modern ultra-low power microcontrollers such as the TI MSP430 consume so little energy that batteries aren’t necessary...
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Power Management for Energy Harvesting
In this presentation, various energy harvesting devices will be introduced along with suitable applications.
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