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Reference Number EP/G067740/1
Title Next Generation Energy-Harvesting Electronics - holistic approach 1763
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Other) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Other Renewables) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor B Al-Hashimi
No email address given
Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 31 March 2013
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £722,136
Industrial Sectors Electronics
Region South East
Programme Manufacturing : ICT
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor B Al-Hashimi , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor NM White , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr K Maharatna , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr S P Beeby , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr T Kazmierski , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , QinetiQ Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Arm Holdings (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mentor Graphics Europe (0.000%)
Project Contact , NXP Semiconductors (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zetex Plc (0.000%)
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Objectives Note : Grants EP/G066728/1, EP/G067740/1, EP/G070180/1 and EP/G06881X/1 are linked
Abstract Whilst the electronics industry is battling with the demand to extend the battery life in the presence of increased functionality through continuing innovation in low power hardware and software, there is a clear opportunity to develop complementary/alternative energy sources for self-powered electronics needed in emerging application areas including mobile digital health, autonomous environmental and industrial monitoring. This is a three-year collaborative research project undertaken by fouruniversities (Bristol, Newcastle, Imperial and Southampton) under three integrated research themes. The project will be carried out in collaboration with five suitably selected industrial partners in line with the research themes and applications: QinetiQ, Zetex, ARM, NXP and Mentor Graphics. Two international experts will also contribute to the project as visiting researchers: Prof. L. Benini, Bologna Uni., and Prof. P. Wright, Berkeley.Our experience, discussions with industry (a recent example is the "Batteries Not Included " seminar, NXP, Southampton, July 2008, organized by the Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network) and the findings of the recently completed EPSRC-funded Microelectronics Design Grand Challenges Network indicate a consensus that we are entering the era of electronics powered or least augmented, by energy harvesters. Future self-powered applications will require more complex and more compact electronic systems that are intelligent, adaptive and required to perform more computation with less energy. To achieve global optimisation and enhanced functionality, a significant improvement in self-powered electronic design and implementation is required. This can be achieved by adopting an integrated research programme, which takes a holistic design approach to the complex issues surrounding the development of next-generation energy-harvesting systems. In this research programme we propose to take a holistic design approach that will fully considerandexploitthe interactions between the micro-generator, power conditioning circutry and computational electronics to make efficient use of the generated energy. The new design methodology will be incorporated into a novel mixed-technology domain modelling, and performance optimization deign toolkit. This design approach is fundamental to ultra energy-efficient design and to the miniaturisation of next-generation wireless electronics. The developed technology, design methods and toolkit willbe validated by simulation, experimentation, three ASIC prototypes (adaptive micro-generator, synchronous and asynchronous processors) and a self-powered autonomous wireless sensor node demonstrator for industrial machinery condition monitoring application. To the best of our knowledge, no research programme inEurope or the US has developed a holistic design approach for energy harvesting electronic systems. The proposed three themes are key new areas that require interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration

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