The Drop - The Energy Harvester Radio Kit
The first energy harvesting totally battery-less radio application, thanks to the best-in-class power consumption devices currently available in the market.
The DROP is an evaluation kit that includes two different energy harvesting boards, a Solar board (SBN) and the Peltier board (PBN). These boards are equipped with a 2.4GHz radio (802.15.4 ZigBee ready) that permit data transmission wirelessly. A third node (UBN), connected through the USB to a Windows PC, allow reception of all data sent by the other two harvestesting nodes, as illustrated below.
All these boards were developed using selected components from Atmel and Linear Technology to demonstrate their low power consumption and their ability to harvest energy via the appropriate transducer.
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Key features of Atmel
ATMEL ATXMEGA128A3 Microcontroller
ATMEL AT86RF230 RF Transceiver
ATMEL AT32UC3B0256High-performance, low-power 32-bit AVR RISC-based microcontroller.
Key features of Linear Technology
Power management products that convert energy from PhotoVoltaic (Solar)( LTC 3105EDD) and Thermal (TEC, TEG, Thermopiles, Thermocouples) sources (LTC3109EUF ) provide high efficiency conversion to regulated voltages or to charge batteries and super capacitor storage elements.