Wireless Networks with RF Energy Harvesting: A Contemporary Survey [article]

Xiao Lu, Ping Wang, Dusit Niyato, Dong In Kim, Zhu Han
2014 arXiv   pre-print
Radio frequency (RF) energy transfer and harvesting techniques have recently become alternative methods to power the next generation wireless networks. As this emerging technology enables proactive energy replenishment of wireless devices, it is advantageous in supporting applications with quality of service (QoS) requirement. In this paper, we present an extensive literature review on the research progresses in wireless networks with RF energy harvesting capability, referred to as RF energy
more » ... vesting networks (RF-EHNs). First, we present an overview of the RF-EHNs including system architecture, RF energy harvesting techniques and existing applications. Then, we present the background in circuit design as well as the state-of-the-art circuitry implementations, and review the communication protocols specially designed for RF-EHNs. We also explore various key design issues in the development of RF-EHNs according to the network types, i.e., single-hop network, multi-antenna network, relay network and cognitive radio network. Finally, we envision some open research directions.
arXiv:1406.6470v6 fatcat:bjmvi4hwfnhvbnodubqipsdija