Bio-inspired fuel cells for miniaturized body-area-networks applications

Wei Xu, Lu Gao, Dmitri Danilov, V. Pop, Peter Notten

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Abstract

The improvement in quality of modern health-care is closely related to the need for medical autonomous systems that enable people to ‘carry’ their personal wireless Body-Area-Network (BAN). Bio-inspired fuel cells (BFC) are a promising approach of energy harvesting to achieve autonomy and miniaturization in implantable BAN. This paper deals with BFC design and modelling. A glucose-based enzymatic BFC system is designed and tested by an in-house developed electrochemical testing set-up. The demonstrator shows the power output can be up to 5μW/cm2. Subsequently, a systematic BFC model has been set-up primarily based on the (electro)chemical reaction kinetics and mass transport of species involved in the complex electricity generation process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 10th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (Power MEMS 2010), 30 November - 2 December 2010, Leuven, Belgium
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventThe 10th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (Power MEMS 2010) - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 30 Nov 20103 Dec 2010

Conference

ConferenceThe 10th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (Power MEMS 2010)
CountryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period30/11/103/12/10

Keywords

  • Body-Area-Network
  • Bio-inspired fuel cells
  • enzymes
  • glucose
  • modelling

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