Design of Energy Efficient Voltage Multiplier Circuit for RF Energy Harvesting

  • Asmita Rajawat
  • P. K. Singhal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 435)


This paper presents the design of a voltage multiplier circuit for RF energy harvesting at 2.4 GHz. The voltage multiplier circuit designed converts the RF energy signal into DC and hence can be used to provide power to electronic devices. A voltage tripler and voltage quadrupler circuit using Schottky diode have been designed and simulated on Multisim. Simulation results reveal that the proposed passive voltage tripler circuit uses an ac input signal of 4 Vrms to produce a DC output voltage of 14.481 V, whereas voltage quadrupler circuit produced an output voltage of 19.369 V. The proposed design is applicable for commercial frequency band of 2.4 GHz.


RF energy harvesting Schottky diode Voltage tripler Voltage quadrupler 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MITSGwaliorIndia

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