A 76% efficiency boost converter with 220mV self-startup and 2nW quiescent power for high resistance thermo-electric energy harvesting

@article{Das2015A7E,
  title={A 76% efficiency boost converter with 220mV self-startup and 2nW quiescent power for high resistance thermo-electric energy harvesting},
  author={Abhik Das and Yuan Gao and Tony Tae-Hyoung Kim},
  journal={ESSCIRC Conference 2015 - 41st European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC)},
  year={2015},
  pages={237-240}
}
With the emergence of thin-film thermo-electric generators (TEG), power density and sustainability of energy harvesting sources have improved. These novel power sources however exhibit high internal electrical resistances. Conventional state-of-the-art boost converters encounter low efficiency and potential startup failures when harvesting energy from such sources. This paper presents a highly efficient boost converter for thermo-electric energy harvesting systems based on a novel Power-on… CONTINUE READING