An introduction to Micro-Power management for energy harvesting applications

Content of the lecture:
  •  brief recall on types of energy transducers
  • – general micropower management architecture for energy autonomous nodes
  • – maximum power extraction from transducers and micropower MPPT (FOCV, etc.)
  • – synchronized-switch techniques for piezo transducers (mainly SECE and
  • some of SSHI)
  • – load management and duty-cycled operation
  • – trends on micro-/nano-power management circuits


Teacher: Prof. Aldo Romani

Aldo Romani currently serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering at the Campus of Cesena of the University of Bologna. His research topics include micro-/nano-power electronic design, circuits for energy harvesting, and applications of piezoelectric transducers. He participated to several European and national research projects. He is currently a supervisor of the IC design activities of the joint laboratory of STMicroelectronics and the University of Bologna. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Jan Van Vessem Award of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference and is co-author of over 80 publications and patents.