Asymmetric SECE Piezoelectric Energy Harvester under Weak Excitation

Seong Jin Yun, Seung Soo Kwak, Jiseong Lee, Yun Chan Im, Sang Goo Lee, Yong Sin Kim

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Piezoelectric energy harvesters (PEHs) are widely used to convert energy from a piezoelectric transducer into a stable DC form, which enables low-power IoT devices to have an unlimited operating life without using batteries. Under weak excitation conditions, however, the power-extraction efficiency of conventional PEHs is too low to provide power even to low-power IoT devices that requires low operation voltages less than 2 V. This paper proposes an asymmetric synchronous electric charge extraction (ASECE) scheme that improves the extraction efficiency of PEHs at low output voltages under weak excitation. The proposed ASECE is implemented using 0.18~\mu \text{m} CMOS technology. The figure-of-merits (FOMs) of the proposed ASECE while operating under 2 V of output voltage are 7.14 and 6.24 at weak and strong excitations, respectively. The maximum FOM for various different excitation levels is observed to be as high as 7.7. The proposed ASECE is superior to prior art with respect to FOM, by at least 1.15\times , 1.63\times , and 2.21\times under 2 V, 1 V, and 0.5 V outputs, respectively, under strong excitation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9099539
Pages (from-to)99132-99140
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Technology Innovation Program (Development of Multi-Source Cohesive Energy Harvesting and Ultra-Low-Power Consumption Self-Powered IoT Device Platform) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), South Korea, under Grant 10073185, and in part by the IC Design Education Center (IDEC) for the Chip Fabrication, South Korea.

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© 2013 IEEE.


  • Energy harvesting
  • Low power electronics
  • Piezoelectric devices
  • The~Internet of Things

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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