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Energy Harvesting Applications

Jim Drew - Sr Apps Engineer Jan 15th 2010

Energy harvesting applications are finding their way into many remote monitoring applications where utility power is not available. New developments in ultralow power microcontrollers with their high level of integration are enabling monitoring systems which draw sub milliwatts of power. Various energy sources that were not useful as power sources for electronic sensors can now be used. The energy harvesting system must be highly efficient and present minimal loading effect on the energy source and the output storage elements when in their "sleep" mode. The LTC3588-1 is a complete solution to energy harvesting systems. It requires only 3 external components plus an input and output energy storage element.

Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting With the LTC3588-1

 


Software

LTspice

LTspice® software is a powerful, fast and free simulation tool, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of switching regulators. Click here to download LTspice

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