Application of ultra wideband RF energy harvesting by using multisection Wilkinson power combiner
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CitationKasar, O., Kahriman, M., & Gozel, M. A. (2019). Application of ultra wideband RF energy harvesting by using multisection Wilkinson power combiner. International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer‐Aided Engineering, 29(1), e21600.
In this study, an ultra-wide band (UWB) energy harvesting circuit was proposed using the Greinacher rectifier circuit. The circuit was designed with Wilkinson power combiner (WPC) for use at two different radio frequency signal inputs. To enable broadband operation, the multisection Chebyshev impedance matching technique was applied in the branches of the WPC circuit. The center frequency was selected 2.2GHz in the design. In terms of the parameters of reflection, transmission and isolation, the WPC circuit operates in the 0.4 GHz-3.4 GHz range and the percentage bandwidth has been calculated as 136%. In the designed Greinacher rectifier circuit, power conversion efficiency (PCE) was analyzed for different input powers. When load resistor selected as R=1500, the PCE for the input power of 9 dBm was about 70%. The proposed circuit, where WPC and Greinacher rectifier circuits was used together for energy harvesting; was operated in the frequency ranges BW1=0.4-0.81GHz, BW2=1.54-1.84GHz, and BW3=2.2 GHz-2.89GHz. As a power combining application, dual power inputs were applied to the WPC circuit with frequencies of 540MHz-1800MHz, 540MHz-2450MHz, 540MHz-2700MHz, 800MHz-1800MHz, 800MHz-2450MHz and 800MHz-2700MHz. Eventually, approximately 70.5% PCE and 1.65V output voltage were obtained.