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Magnetic Resonant Three-Coil WPT System between Off/In-Body for Remote Energy Harvest

: Kang, S.H.; Choi, J.H.; Harackiewicz, F.J.; Jung, C.W.


IEEE microwave and wireless components letters 26 (2016), Nr.9, S.741-743
ISSN: 1051-8207
ISSN: 1531-1309
Fraunhofer HHI ()

In this letter, the effect of the human body in a magnetic resonance wireless power transfer (MR-WPT) system for wearable and implantable devices is studied. To implement the experiment, muscle-mimicking liquid is configured with parameters similar to those of the human body. The transmitter part is located outside the human body (in the air), and the receiver part is implanted in the liquid. The proposed 3-coil MR-WPT system, which operates at 6.78 MHz shows effectively higher transfer efficiencies compared with a 4-coil MR-WPT system at near transfer distance which is the predicted position for a pacemaker. The results indicate that the proposed system with optimized receiver using air-pocket has potential applications in off/in-body devices that benefit from remote energy harvesting, especially at near distances such as pacemakers.