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Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Online from: 1981

Subject Area: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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Solar-powered sensors: a review of products and applications

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Title:Solar-powered sensors: a review of products and applications
Author(s):Robert Bogue, (Associate Editor, Sensor Review)
Citation:Robert Bogue, (2012) "Solar-powered sensors: a review of products and applications", Sensor Review, Vol. 32 Iss: 2, pp.95 - 100
Keywords:Energy harvesting, Energy management, Photovoltaics, Sensors, Solar cell, Solar power, Wireless sensor network
Article type:Technical paper
DOI:10.1108/02602281211209374 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the technology and applications of solar-powered sensors.

Design/methodology/approach – Following a short introduction, this paper first considers photovoltaic technology and then describes a selection of solar-powered sensors and their applications.

Findings – It is shown that solar-powered sensors may be used as nodes in wireless sensor networks and also as stand-alone devices. They offer a number of key operational and economic benefits and find applications in such diverse fields as structural and environmental monitoring, traffic management, weather forecasting, agriculture, process control, gas detection, satellite remote sensing and healthcare.

Originality/value – The paper illustrates the important role that solar-powered sensors and systems play in a wide range of applications and industries.

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