A novel transparent UWB antenna for photovoltaic solar panel integration and RF energy harvesting

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Peter, T., Rahman, T.A., Cheung, S.W., Nilavalan, R., Abutarboush, H.F. and Vilches, A. (2014). A novel transparent UWB antenna for photovoltaic solar panel integration and RF energy harvesting. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 62 (4), pp. 1844-1853.
AuthorsPeter, T., Rahman, T.A., Cheung, S.W., Nilavalan, R., Abutarboush, H.F. and Vilches, A.
Abstract

A novel transparent ultra-wideband antenna for photovoltaic solar-panel integration and RF energy harvesting is proposed in this paper. Since the approval by the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) in 2002, much research has been undertaken on UWB technology, especially for wireless communications. However, in the last decade, UWB has also been proposed as a power harvester. In this paper, a transparent cone-top-tapered slot antenna covering the frequency range from 2.2 to 12.1 GHz is designed and fabricated to provide UWB communications whilst integrated onto solar panels as well as harvest electromagnetic waves from free space and convert them into electrical energy. The antenna when sandwiched between an a-Si solar panel and glass is able to demonstrate a quasi omni-directional pattern that is characteristic of a UWB. The antenna when connected to a 2.55-GHz rectifier is able to produce 18-mV dc in free space and 4.4-mV dc on glass for an input power of 10 dBm at a distance of 5 cm. Although the antenna presented in this paper is a UWB antenna, only an operating range of 2.49 to 2.58 GHz for power scavenging is possible due to the limitation of the narrowband rectifier used for the study. © 1963-2012 IEEE.

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Year2014
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Journal citation62 (4), pp. 1844-1853
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN0018-926X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1109/TAP.2014.2298044
Publication dates
Print09 Jan 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Nov 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
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