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Design of a Wearable Textile Broadband RF Ambient Power Harvester

Version 1 : Received: 3 September 2019 / Approved: 4 September 2019 / Online: 4 September 2019 (13:23:48 CEST)

How to cite: Qiu, W.; Hu, Z.; Xiao, L. Design of a Wearable Textile Broadband RF Ambient Power Harvester. Preprints 2019, 2019090041. Qiu, W.; Hu, Z.; Xiao, L. Design of a Wearable Textile Broadband RF Ambient Power Harvester. Preprints 2019, 2019090041.


As the rapid development of communication industry, especially the 5G communication and IOT, there will be plenty of electromagnetic (EM) waves in the free space, which carry lots of energies. However, some of these energies are wasted in free space. To reuse these wasted energies, significantly growing interests are towards to the energy harvesting antennas. This paper is aimed to investigate a wearable antenna which can transfer RF energy from ambient sources to direct current by a soft and portable textile antenna. Among the numerous signals in mobile network, the GSM 1800, 3G, WiFi and 4G/5G will be chosen due to the city signal intensity distribution. Hence, a corresponding triple bands antenna has been designed to cover those frequency bands. The CST STUDIO SUITE is used in whole process of antenna design and simulation. The proposed antenna is a hooked dipole antenna with tuning bar (HATB) whose ends have small folded part in each side for better bandwidth performance. The presented antenna provides a wide operating band from 1.8 GHz to 2.5 GHz below -10 dB in return loss. And methods to overcome interference between antennas is found. Furthermore, using the corresponding rectifier to achieve the RF/DC conversion. The overall efficiency of whole rectifier is about 56.8 %, and output power level of the antenna system is 45.92nW. The experimental results could indicate that my textile hooked antenna harvester is a good choice for the charging system of personal wearable attachment, which could achieve low power absorbing for long distance anytime and anywhere.


EM waves, harvester, wearable antenna, 5G, HATB, dipole antenna, rectifier, efficiency


Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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