A Self-Biased Active Voltage Doubler for Energy Harvesting Systems

Umais Tayyab, Hussain A. Alzaher

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An active voltage doubler utilizing a single supply op-amp for energy harvesting system is presented. The proposed doubler is used for rectification process to achieve both acceptably high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and large rectified DC voltage. The incorporated op-amp is self-biased, meaning no external supply is needed but rather it uses part of the harvested energy for its biasing. The proposed active doubler achieves maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 61.7% for a 200 Hz sinusoidal input of 0.8 V for a 20 K load resistor. This efficiency is 2 times more when compared with the passive voltage doubler. The rectified DC voltage is almost 2 times more than conventional passive doubler. The relation between PCE and the load resistor is also presented. The proposed active voltage doubler is designed and simulated in LF 0.15 μm CMOS process technology using Cadence virtuoso tool.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalActive and Passive Electronic Components
StatePublished - Dec 3 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2016-KKI-2880
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge the support of KAUST-KFUPM Initiative (KKI) program, Project no. OSR-2016-KKI-2880.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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