RF Energy Harvesting Wireless Networks: Challenges And Opportunities

Amar Esse Ahmed, Khaizuran Abdullah, Mohamed Hadi Habaebi, Huda Adibah Ramli, Ani Liza Asnawi


Energy harvesting wireless networks is one of the most researched topics in this decade, both in industry and academia, as it can offer self-sustaining sensor networks. With RF energy harvesting (RF-EH) embedded, the sensors can operate for extended periods by harvesting energy from the environment or by receiving it as an Energy signal from a hybrid base station (HBS). Thus, providing sustainable solutions for managing massive numbers of sensor nodes. However, the biggest hurdle of RF energy is the low energy density due to spreading loss. This paper investigates the RF-EH node hardware and design essentials, performance matrices of RF-EH. Power management in energy harvesting nodes is discussed. Furthermore, an information criticality algorithm is proposed for critical and hazardous use cases. Finally, some of the RF-EH applications and the opportunities of 5G technologies for the RF-EH are introduced.


RF Energy; Energy Harvesting; 5G; SWIPT; Power management; Power Splitting

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Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (IJEEI)
ISSN 2089-3272

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