Mission and Focus Areas of Low Power Energy Harvesting and i-Solutions

Mission

The mission is to provide an internationally recognized comprehensive research platform that enables intelligent, independent, and integrated low-power energy harvesting solutions.


Focus Areas

  • Autonomous sensors for predictive maintenance applications
  • Self-powered, mobile, intelligent and wireless micro-actuators & monitoring devices for health care, human diagnostics, energy hubs, construction and surveillance applications 
  • Low energy harvester modules
  • Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled energy networks
     


Research Objectives

The following objectives and goals have been defined for the Low Power Energy Harvesting and i-Solutions Research Programme.

  • To design and to model of low-power sensor and actuator devices with integrated energy harvesting technology, power management –storage and transceiver
     
  • To design energy harvesters for powering e.g. pacemaker, in-vivo sensors for health condition monitoring
     
  • To promote the development of medical micro-actuators for on-demand drug delivery, local brachytherapy, local hyperthermia, ablation, biopsy etc.
     
  • To contribution to the development self-powered and self-sustainable IoT-enabled systems for improving the controllability, observability, efficiency and reliability in current and future smart energy networks
     
  • To facilitate intelligent power/energy management solutions for efficient energy harvesting in future homes, office buildings, industrial and commercial properties
     
  • Contribution to sustainable design and models for low-power multi-carrier energy hubs
     
  • To enable self-powered and independent energy systems for predictive maintenance
    • Human-error out of the loop, applications - standalone solutions
       
    • Energy harvesting in harsh and inaccessible environments
  • To generate electrical energy from low-thermal energy, vibration, light, kinetic energy

    • Thermoelectrics

    • Piezoelectric

    • Photovoltaic

    • Electromagnetic

  • To co-design and to co-optimize integrated energy-harvesting system elements

    • Energy transducer module 

    • Low-power super caps and batteries

    • Micro power converters

    • Transceiver

  • To design, modeling, manufacturing, testing and verification of energy harvesting systems

  • To enable low cost strategies and packaging system integration technologies

  • To strengthen link between industry and AAU to ensure that energy engineering educations continuously fit the needs of the society 

  • To establishment of a research platform in energy harvesting activities to coordinate and strengthen research, education, innovation and research-based consultancy within this subject area.

Collaboration Partners

  • Alpcon ApS
  • Aalborg University Hospital
  • Aarhus University
  • Aalborg Portland