Harvesting from Ambient Energy: Designing Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Buildings

Luigi Gentile Polese, Evans Sordiashie, Sam Moayedi, Alan Alahmad, Mahmoud Alahmad

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Electricity consumption in the commercial sector is forecasted to increase by 0.5% on an annual bases between 2017 to 2050. This is despite best design practices and adoption of more energy efficient resources for buildings. This increase is prevalent in miscellaneous electrical loads that studies have shown if their usage is tracked and conveyed to the occupant will result in up 34% consumption reduction. Diverse tools and research methodologies are being developed to track their location. This paper addresses one such method to identify the location of energy at the point of use using energy harvesting. The paper proposes a design process for magnetic flux harvesting around current carrying conductors of the electrical system in buildings for the purpose of powering sensors and/or for use as a triggering signal for energy consumption location in the built environment. Building on the electromagnetic induction theory, a relationship is developed between the size of the harvesting device and the total energy output. A prototype energy harvesting device based on the proposed data is built and tested through laboratory experiments.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT) - Brookings, South Dakota
Duration: 20 May 201922 May 2019


Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT)
CityBrookings, South Dakota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-75238


  • energy harvesting
  • energy location identification
  • miscellaneous electrical loads MEL
  • remote energy consumption monitoring


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