Going low power and having a low or neutral impact on the environment is key for embedded systems, as pervasive and wearable consumer electronics is growing. In this paper, we present a self-sustaining, ultra-low power device, supplied by a Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell (PMFC) and capable of smart sensing and long-range communication. The use of a PMFC as a power source is challenging but has many advantages like the only requirement of watering the plant. The system uses aggressive power management thanks to FRAM technology exploited to retain microcontroller status and to shutdown electronics without losing context information. Experimental results show that the proposed system paves the way to energy neutral sensors powered by biosystems available almost anywhere on Earth.

Long range wireless sensing powered by plant-microbial fuel cell / Rossi, Maurizio; Tosato, Pietro; Gemma, Luca; Torquati, Luca; Catania, Cristian; Camalò, Sergio; Brunelli, Davide. - ELETTRONICO. - (2017), pp. 1651-1654. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017 tenutosi a SwissTech Convention Center, che nel 2017 [10.23919/DATE.2017.7927258].

Long range wireless sensing powered by plant-microbial fuel cell

Rossi, Maurizio;Tosato, Pietro;Torquati, Luca;Brunelli, Davide
2017

Abstract

Going low power and having a low or neutral impact on the environment is key for embedded systems, as pervasive and wearable consumer electronics is growing. In this paper, we present a self-sustaining, ultra-low power device, supplied by a Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell (PMFC) and capable of smart sensing and long-range communication. The use of a PMFC as a power source is challenging but has many advantages like the only requirement of watering the plant. The system uses aggressive power management thanks to FRAM technology exploited to retain microcontroller status and to shutdown electronics without losing context information. Experimental results show that the proposed system paves the way to energy neutral sensors powered by biosystems available almost anywhere on Earth.
Proceedings of the 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
9783981537093
Rossi, Maurizio; Tosato, Pietro; Gemma, Luca; Torquati, Luca; Catania, Cristian; Camalò, Sergio; Brunelli, Davide
Long range wireless sensing powered by plant-microbial fuel cell / Rossi, Maurizio; Tosato, Pietro; Gemma, Luca; Torquati, Luca; Catania, Cristian; Camalò, Sergio; Brunelli, Davide. - ELETTRONICO. - (2017), pp. 1651-1654. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017 tenutosi a SwissTech Convention Center, che nel 2017 [10.23919/DATE.2017.7927258].
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