Energy harvesting via Dielectric ElectroActive Polymer (DEAP) generators has attracted much of the scientific interest over the past few years, mainly due to the advantages that these smart materials offer against competing technologies, as electromagnetic generators and piezoelectrics. Their higher energy density, superior low-speed performance, light-weighted nature as well as their shapely structure have rendered DEAPs candidate solutions for various actuation and energy harvesting applications. In this paper, a thoroughly analysis of all energy harvesting operational cycles of a DEAP generator, coupled to a non-isolated power electronics converter, is conducted and for the first time experimental results for each one of them are presented.
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Ieee Industrial Electronics Society, 2012, p. 374-381
the 38th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2012