A Self-Powered P-SSHI Array Interface for Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters with Arbitrary Phase Difference

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9155-9164
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number9
Online published22 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


Piezoelectric energy harvester (PEH) arrays are promising in many application scenarios. However, few interface circuits have been developed to manage the multiple AC inputs from PEHs. This paper proposes an extensible P-SSHI (parallel synchronized switch harvesting on inductor) array interface scheme to realize a multi-input conversion from PEH arrays. We develop a split-inductor-capacitor topology that can extract electrical energy from multiple PEHs. The proposed circuit topology effectively handles the inductor access conflict in the cases of PEHs with close, identical, and opposite vibration phases, insensitive to AC input phase changes. For demonstrating the capability of dealing with multiple AC inputs from PEHs and the enhancement effect on power output, we construct and test a self-powered three-channel array circuit with the passive peak detection function. Excited by sinusoidal vibrations, our circuit effectively avoids the energy return and efficiently achieves the power combination of the three PEHs. Compared with the classic full-bridge circuit, the proposed circuit helps increase the power output by 4.8 times. Also, to show the universality of the circuit, the circuits operation under various excitations is tested and analyzed.

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  • Detectors, Energy harvesting, Inductors, P-SSHI, piezoelectric, SECE, Switches, Switching circuits, Synchronization, vibration, Vibrations, Voltage

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