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Feasibility Study: Investigation of a new, innovative and universal power management concept for energy harvesters to be integrated in circuits used in wireless building automation (PULPP1).

At a glance

  • Project leader : Prof. Dr. Marcel Meli
  • Project team : Martin Gysel, Markus Hutzler
  • Project budget : CHF 70'032
  • Project status : completed
  • Funding partner : CTI
  • Contact person : Marcel Meli


This study purposes to investigate a new energy management concept for energy harvesters. The concept will be as universal as possible, meaning it will include several types of harvesters. The concept will be integrated in future microcontroller/transceivers used for wireless home automation. In the feasibility study, we will use 2 new very low power devices (microcontroller and transceiver) designed by the firm EM Microelectronic. We will look at the power requirements of wireless home automation devices, analyse the suitability of the 2 devices for the intended applications. We will analyse the different energy harvesters that are suitable for this market, make the necessary trials and measurements. We will define application design patterns for the intended market, make necessary simulations and implement the power management options that are required for an upcoming generation of devices based on the microcontroller and transceiver under investigation.