Energy harvesting applications design kit in limited release

March 13, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
AVX has announced a limited release of its Energy Harvesting Application Design Kit with a wide range of low-loss components hand-selected to provide engineers with ideal solutions for energy storage, blocking, IC support, output filtering and external connections in thermoelectric generators, solar cells, piezoelectric devices, and micro wind turbines.

The kit includes MLCCs, supercapacitors, Schottky diodes, inductors, and connectors, with X5R dielectric capacitors, which offer high volumetric efficiency and are well suited for space-constrained decoupling and filtering applications, as well as X7R dielectric capacitors, which exhibit non-linear temperature variation of capacitance within ±15% from -55°C to +125°C. 

“Energy harvesting is finally becoming a practical solution for providing circuit power,” said Eric DeRose, field applications engineer at AVX. “IC and general circuit power needs are trending downwards and reaching levels completely unheard of just a few years ago, the cost of energy harvester sources continues to drop, and the size and efficiency of energy harvesters is dramatically improving, which is allowing engineers to employ smaller, lighter, and more reliable generator sources in their designs.”

The SCC Series supercapacitors in the kit provide pulse power handling characteristics resulting from a combination of very high capacitance and very low ESR and can be used by themselves or in conjunction with primary or secondary batteries to achieve extended back-up time, longer battery life, and instantaneous power pulses as needed, while SD Series Schottky rectifier diodes feature leadless chip packaging technology that eliminates lead frame wire bonds for greater top-bottom symmetry with fewer mounting problems and improved heat transfer and current handling capabilities.

9286 Series wire-to-wire connectors provide maximum wire retention for 18–24AWG solid and stranded wires via an active stainless steel spring contact that eliminates the need for push-button activation and achieves significant cost savings while the 9296 Series wire-to-board poke-home connectors use a dual-beam boxed contact system that enables solderless surface-mount attachment to PCBs and provide simple and reliable terminations for 12–28AWG solid and stranded wires.

Finally the 9175/6/7 wire-to-board STRIPT IDC contacts provide insulator-less connections for discrete 12–28AWG wires, function just like traditional insulated connectors and are UL-certified.

The KIT-ENERGY HARVEST is now available and ready to ship from www.avx.com/resources/samples 


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