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Brad Bryant (Committee Member), Ronald Coutu (Committee Member), Fred Garber (Committee Member), Marian Kazimierczuk (Committee Chair), Raymond Siferd (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Portable electronic devices and crafts such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) may benefit greatly from the ability to extract power from overhead distribution power lines on a temporary basis to power electronics or charge on-board batteries. However, most of the current literature on the subject of energy scavenging is focused on micropower and other small-scale applications. Several high-power energy scavenging methods are investigated here with an emphasis on relating physical sensor dimensions with output power. A novel power scavenging mechanism is introduced that shows excellent correlation between theoretical and experimental performance. In addition, a universal power supply is proposed which may be interfaced with an overhead distribution line of 4.16-34.5 kVAC to create a temporary source of high-quality regulated power for portable device electronics and battery charging.

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Department or Program

Ph.D. in Engineering

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Engineering Commons