Energy Harvesting

This course provides an overview on the wide field of energy harvesting and a selected in-deep knowledge on various areas as the design of microgenerators and power management. It gives some insight into energy-autonomous embedded systems in some application fields e.g. building infrastructure and automotive.


This course is organized in collaboration with EMPA.
The FSRM discounts don't apply to this course. The course language is English.

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Our daily living is governed by a comprehensive, omnipresent and ubiquitous information network with a remarkably small, continuously shrinking “grid size”. Implanted and portable biomedical devices, sensor-assisted navigation, portable multimedia, distributed sensor networks, smart label technologies, mobile communication or portable IT systems are the forerunners of this revolutionary trend that is gaining importance in almost every living and working environment. Together with that, the serious question arises, how a widely distributed network of embedded systems should be supplied with energy.

Micro Energy Harvesting, i.e. the conversion of ambient energy into the supply energy required for an embedded system, is a promising perspective, as it would make the nodes truly energy-autonomous, without the need of power grids or batteries. However, a simple replacement of the battery or the supply cord by a local “micro power plant” will not solve the task. In contrary, micro energy harvesting relies on a thorough design of the whole embedded system. Micro energy converters have to be provided with a size and function compatible to the respective application site. The varying availability of ambient energy will require an efficient intermediate storage to bridge phases of low supply, as the back-up power grid is not available. An efficient energy management has to transfer the electrical energy between all subsystems in an optimal way. Finally, the energy consumption of the system node itself has to be minimized to a high extent by appropriate design and system control measures.

These issues define an extremely widespread field of research and development that is not easily covered in a one-day course. Therefore, this course will give, on one hand, an overview of the actual state of the art in microgenerators with some detail remarks on generator design, a thorough description of relevant energy storage concepts and an overview on electronic power management. Finally, practical examples of energy-autonomous embedded systems will be discussed in various fields of applications, e.g. in building infrastructure or automotive applications.


This course is designed for the practicing scientist or engineer, but also for a technical marketing person, to provide an overview on the wide field of energy harvesting and also a selected in-deep knowledge on various areas of this widespread discipline, e.g. the design of microgenerators, of power management, and some insight into application scenarios.


  • mechanical and thermal microgenerators (e.g. piezoelectric, electromagnetic, electret or thermoelectric generators)
  • relevant energy storage concepts (capacitors, rechargeable lithium batteries, thermal batteries)
  • electronic power management in energy-autonomous embedded systems
  • applications of energy harvesting and energy-autonomous embedded systems (e.g. in infrastructure monitoring, home automation, automotive and process control, IoT)

Nächster Kurs

Datum 28.10.2024
Zeitplan 09:00 - 17:00
Ort EMPA Akademie, Dübendorf

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Preis early bird : 690.00
Normalpreis : 690.00



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Peter Woias