Keeping pace with energy harvesting

January 06, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Start the new year with instructive reading from serial author Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio who has just published "Microelectronic Circuit Design for Energy Harvesting Systems", a 169 page hardcover book written as a single-source reference to energy harvesting and its applications.

Rich with 133 illustrations, including 33 in colour, the book was conceived to serve as a practical guide to microelectronics design for energy harvesting, with application to mobile power supplies for wearable and mobile electronics.

The author starts with the fundamentals of energy harvesting before reviewing the different energy harvesting technologies in use or in development today, including the different principles of transducer and related materials, power management, storage and system design. The author then moves on to practical applications and design considerations to harness the harvested energy and power microsystems effectively, with power conditioning. The book concludes with a review of various types of energy-harvesting applications and their related markets, with a focus on future architectures.

The book is available from Springer at