ICRA 2012 Paper Abstract


Paper WeB110.2

Griffin, Brent Austin (University of Nebraksa-Lincoln), Detweiler, Carrick (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Resonant Wireless Power Transfer to Ground Sensors from a UAV

Scheduled for presentation during the Interactive Session "Interactive Session WeB-1" (WeB110), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:30−11:00, Ballroom D

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Keywords Aerial Robotics, Energy and Environment-aware Automation, Sensor Networks


Wireless magnetic resonant power transfer is an emerging technology that has many advantages over other wireless power transfer methods due to its safety, lack of interference, and efficiency at medium ranges. In this paper, we develop a wireless magnetic resonant power transfer system that enables unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide power to, and recharge batteries of wireless sensors and other electronics far removed from the electric grid. We address the difficulties of implementing and outfitting this system on a UAV with limited payload capabilities and develop a controller that maximizes the received power as the UAV moves into and out of range. We experimentally demonstrate our prototype wireless power transfer system by using a UAV to transfer nearly 5W of power to a ground sensor.



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