Nonlinearity in Energy Harvesting Systems

Micro- and Nanoscale Applications

  • Elena Blokhina
  • Abdelali El Aroudi
  • Eduard Alarcon
  • Dimitri Galayko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Elena Blokhina, Abdelali El Aroudi, Eduard Alarcon, Dimitri Galayko
    Pages 1-21
  3. Manuel Domínguez-Pumar, Joan Pons-Nin, Juan A. Chávez-Domínguez
    Pages 23-63
  4. E. Blokhina, D. Galayko
    Pages 65-106
  5. E. Blokhina, A. El Aroudi, D. Galayko
    Pages 107-125
  6. A. El Aroudi, M. López-Suárez, E. Alarcón, R. Rurali, G. Abadal
    Pages 197-212
  7. Sukhdeep Kaur, Cuong Phu Le
    Pages 213-238
  8. Peter Harte, Dimitri Galayko, Orla Feely, Elena Blokhina
    Pages 279-320

About this book


This book is a single-source guide to nonlinearity and nonlinear techniques in energy harvesting, with a focus on vibration energy harvesters for micro and nanoscale applications. The authors demonstrate that whereas nonlinearity was avoided as an undesirable phenomenon in early energy harvesters, now it can be used as an essential part of these systems. Readers will benefit from an overview of nonlinear techniques and applications, as well as deeper insight into methods of analysis and modeling of energy harvesters, employing different nonlinearities.  The role of nonlinearity due to different aspects of an energy harvester is discussed, including nonlinearity due to mechanical-to-electrical conversion, nonlinearity due to conditioning electronic circuits, nonlinearity due to novel materials (e.g., graphene), etc. Coverage includes tutorial introductions to MEMS and NEMS technology, as well as a wide range of applications, such as nonlinear oscillators and transducers for energy harvesters, and electronic conditioning circuits for effective energy processing.

  • Provides a guide to nonlinearity in energy harvesting systems, implemented in micro- and nanoscale employing MEMS and NEMS engineering techniques;
  • Begins with tutorial chapters that make the discussion self-contained and accessible to readers who are not familiar with MEMS and nonlinear dynamics;
  • Includes an overview of electrostatic and piezoelectric transducers and discusses in detail conditioning circuits for vibrations energy harvesters.


Ambient Vibration Energy Harvesters Energy Harvesting Low-energy Electronics MEMS Energy Harvesters Microscale Energy Harvesting NEMS Energy Harvesters Nanoscale Energy Harvesting Nonlinearity in Energy Harvesting Vibration Energy Harvesters

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena Blokhina
    • 1
  • Abdelali El Aroudi
    • 2
  • Eduard Alarcon
    • 3
  • Dimitri Galayko
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Electronic, Electrical and Automatic EngineeringUniversity Rovira I VirgiliTarragonaSpain
  3. 3.Technical University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Laboratory of Computer SciencesUPMC—Sorbonne UniversitiesParisFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20354-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20355-3
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