On-chip reconfigurable switched-capacitor DC–DC converter for indoor PV energy harvesting
Khoa, Bui Anh
Date of Issue2017
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
A reconfigurable switched-capacitor DC-DC converter is presented for indoor photovoltaic energy harvesting. A uniform hysteresis controller regulates the PV cell voltage at 1.5 V to extract the maximum power from the PV cell and regulates the load voltage at 0.9 V. To minimise the conversion loss, the energy is transferred from the PV cell to the load directly whenever energy is available in the PV cell. When the load voltage is high, the excess energy in the PV cell is stored in the buffer of 1.8 V. The load draws energy from the buffer when energy is not available in the PV cell. The proposed converter was fabricated in 0.18 μm CMOS process and achieves peak efficiencies of 87, 88 and 78% while delivering energy from the PV cell to the load, from the PV cell to the buffer and from the buffer to the load, respectively.
© 2017 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Electronics Letters, The Institution of Engineering and Technology. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/el.2016.3018].