15 April 2016 Opportunities for energy harvesting in automobile factories
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This paper investigates the opportunities of deploying distributed sensors within the manufacturing environment of a large scale automobile plant using energy harvesting techniques. Measurements were taken in three domains at the plant in order to characterize ambient energy. Due to the location of the plant, the RF power density for radio access technologies present varied between -127 dBm/cm2 and -113 dBm/cm2. The maximum temperature difference measured within accessible distance from machine parts on the production lines surveyed was 10°C. Indoor lighting was dominant at the plant via fluorescent tubes, with average irradiance of 1 W/m2. The results obtained from this measurement campaign showed that indoor lighting was the most suitable ambient source for energy harvesting.
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E. I. Adegoke, R. M. Edwards, Will Whittow, Axel Bindel, Marco Peca, "Opportunities for energy harvesting in automobile factories", Proc. SPIE 9799, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2016, 97992N (15 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219170; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2219170
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