Research Area:  Wireless Sensor Networks
This thesis studies the possibility of deploying an autonomous wireless sensor network in a substation environment. To this end, a hierarchical energy-harvesting model is pro-posed in which energy is scavenged in two levels. In the first step, energy is scavenged using harvesters that are located close to high voltage terminals. Then a portion of the scavenged energy will be distributed to nearby sensor nodes by radiating radio frequency signals to them. The hierarchical aspect of our model allows us to deal with the non-uniform distribution of the energy harvesting resources.
The main goal of this thesis is to evaluate and optimize the performance of the proposed hierarchical energy-harvesting model. To this end, we have studied our system through mathematical analysis and computer simulations. In this work we show that despite the wasteful nature of wireless transfer of energy, a self-sustainable wireless sensor network in a substation area can be accomplished.
Name of the Researcher:  MohammadJavad Hajikhani
Name of the Supervisor(s):  Fabrice Labeau
Year of Completion:  2019
University:  McGill University
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