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Autonomous Power Supply System for Light Sensor of Illumination Measurement Test Bench

Doctoral Student Olegs Tetervenoks / Professor Ilya Galkin / Researcher Jelena Armas
Published Online: 2013-01-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10314-012-0005-0


Usually wireless devices require autonomous power supply. They are equipped with radio frequency transceiver modules with relatively high energy consumption especially in data transmission mode. This also means that autonomous power supply of wireless device requires relatively large energy storage. Rechargeable battery in this case is a good solution, but the charging process of a battery takes a long time. In this paper the use of supercapacitor as energy storage for autonomous power supply of wireless node is further elaborated on the example of light sensor for illumination measurement test bench.

Keywords : Lighting; optical variables measurement; wireless sensor networks; energy storage; supercapacitors

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About the article

Doctoral Student Olegs Tetervenoks

Olegs Tetervenoks received his Bachelor’s Degree with Engineer qualification (2010) and Master’s (2011) Degree in the field of electrical engineering at Riga Technical University, Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering. Since 2011 he has been studying for his PhD at Riga Technical University. The Bachelor thesis was focused on solid state lighting technology development, in particular, on efficient LED power supply development. The Master thesis was devoted to LED light source efficiency evaluation equipment. The area of scientific interests of Olegs Tetervenoks covers microprocessor control systems and LED lighting technologies. The working experience of Olegs Tetervenoks includes 2 years of research job at Riga Technical University. Olegs Tetervenoks is IEEE member since 2011.

Professor Ilya Galkin

Ilya Galkin received his Bachelor’s (1994), Master’s (1996) and Doctor’s (2001) Degrees in the field of electrical engineering at Riga Technical University, Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, Department of Power Electronics and Electrical Technologies. The main research field includes design and applications of matrix converters. In particular it regards integrated designs with the matrix converters, smart control of their semiconductor switches, thermal and conductor’s design. Another research field includes smart power supplies for various applications, for example, for LED lighting. The working experience of Ilya Galkin includes 6 year of practical engineering job at research and manufacturing enterprise “Lasma” (Latvia) in the field of elaboration and development industrial automatics, as well as 14 years of research and educational job at Riga Technical University. At the given time he is a professor at the Department of Power Electronics and Electrical Technologies of RTU-EEF-IEEI. Ilya Galkin is the author of various publications. Ilya Galkin is IEEE member since 2006 in societies of Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Automatic control and Education.

Researcher Jelena Armas

Jelena Armas received her engineering education and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Drives and Power Electronics in Tallinn University of Technology 1982 and 2008 respectively. In 1982-1985, she worked in Tallinn University of Technology. Since 2006 she has been working in Elektrilevi OÜ. Her research interests include analysis of the quality of street lighting and implementation of new measurement methods. She has authored more than 15 publications on street lighting.

Published Online: 2013-01-31

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Electrical, Control and Communication Engineering, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 30–35, ISSN (Online) 2255-9159, ISSN (Print) 2255-9140, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10314-012-0005-0.

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