3D Printed Packaging of Photovoltaic Cells for Energy Autonomous Embedded Sensors

Ntagios, M. , Escobedo, P. and Dahiya, R. (2020) 3D Printed Packaging of Photovoltaic Cells for Energy Autonomous Embedded Sensors. In: IEEE Sensors 2020, 25-28 Oct 2020, ISBN 9781728168012 (doi: 10.1109/SENSORS47125.2020.9278635)

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Most robotic/prosthetic hands lack the ability to harvest energy, and as a result they rely on the batteries to provide the required energy for their operation. Recently solar cells have been explored to meet the energy requirements. However, most solar cells are brittle, and their chances of getting damaged during robotic operation are high. The work presented in this paper addresses this challenge through a transparent 3D printed package covering three photovoltaic cells. The package protects the cells from impact and prevents dust accumulation while ensuring minimal loss of light reaching the cells. The effect of the protective 3D printed cover on the performance of photovoltaic panel have been evaluated. This solar cell package is integrate on a 3D printed robotic hand to harvest energy from the environmental illumination and utilizes it to power the small peripheral electronic and sensing components on the hand.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ntagios, Markellos and Escobedo, Dr Pablo and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder
Authors: Ntagios, M., Escobedo, P., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Published Online:09 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Sensors 2020
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300756NPIF EPSRC Doctoral - University of Glasgow 2017Neil BoweringEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R512266/1S&E - Research Administration
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering