Converting Radio waves into D.C Electrical energy (rf to dc)

Discussion in 'Wireless & RF Design' started by afm707, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. hp1729

    Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2015
    Design 925 voltage multiplier.PNG
    Is this a correct schematic for the reference you posted?
    Are component values critical? The final one about 100 nF? Would Germanium diodes be much different than Schottky?

    (edited to add ...)
    At 0.5 uA (5 V w/ 10 M Ohm)
    Germanium (1N270) = 0.100 V
    Silicon (1N4148) = 0.180 V
    Schottky (1N6263) = 0.100 V

    Hmmm, not much difference.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
  2. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Wasn't that in the past, considered ilegal? :(
  3. ian field

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    Oct 27, 2012
    Most of the multiple elements on a TV antenna are "directors" which make it as sensitive as possible in only one direction and practically deaf in any other.

    Forget folded dipoles unless you live in the shadow of the transmitter - most RSGB/ARRL handbooks contain antenna design notes with diagrams where to put the feedpoint for voltage or current.
  4. Threeneurons


    Jul 12, 2016
    How far away ? 1.5V is just the voltage. Its not the power. How much current (amps, milliamps, microamps) ? What do you want to power ?

    Basic electricity: Voltage is electrical pressure. Current (in amps) is the actual flow rate. Multiply the two, and you get the power you need.

    I've tinkered with inductive power transfer. I made a lawn Xmas display years ago, called Propeller Santa. A stick with 32 LEDs on it that rotated to form an image. Since it spun, there could be no direct electrical connection. Power was transfered between two coils wound around ABS pipe.



    Xmas Page:
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  5. tcmtech

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    Nov 4, 2013
    Okay? I have no idea what you are after then.

    You want to tap into radio waves and harvest their energy to get usable electrical power, IE electrical energy you don't have to pay for once you have the circuit working. :rolleyes:
    You just explained it yourself to yourself. :oops:

    Uh, what? How would you describe taking ambient RF energy and converting it into usable low voltage DC power? o_O

    As others have explained as of present tech we can't tune into every frequency at once so at present we have to pick a specific frequency and tune into it to get anything workable for an output.
  6. BR-549

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    Sep 22, 2013
    Who said he was harvesting ambient energy?

    "i don't need free energy
    just "Wireless Power Transmission"
  7. DickCappels


    Aug 21, 2008
  8. afm707

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 24, 2016
    i think i can not get current more than microamps
    i need the maximum current of course
  9. afm707

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 24, 2016
    i am sorry english is not my mother tongue

    i think the free energy will be very small
    i need to charge a battery as example
  10. tcmtech

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    Nov 4, 2013
    I think this thread need some basic clarification here.

    First is,

    Where do you want this 'Wireless energy' power to charge the battery to come from?

    Second is,

    How big is this battery and how fast do you want it to recharge?
  11. tcmtech

    Distinguished Member

    Nov 4, 2013
    Are the questions too hard or did the OP run away?? o_O
  12. mohannatarajan

    New Member

    Nov 24, 2016
    Maplin UK is selling a little kit for the price of less than 5 pounds.
    Kit name: Power from space. Code:N11JG

    Try this. It may help you to some extent.
  13. ian field

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    Oct 27, 2012
    There's an author who contributes micropower projects to various magazines - I think the name is Thomas Scarborough, possibly from S. Africa or somewhere like that.

    Collecting RF energy isn't going to get you much further than charging a supercapacitor - unless you live in the shadow of a broadcast transmitter, or have a lot of time on your hands.
  14. Alec_t


    Sep 17, 2013
    The shadow is precisely that; it will have very low level RF energy :). Better to be in a major lobe of the radiation pattern.
  15. ian field

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    Oct 27, 2012
    Did you take lessons in deliberately misinterpreting what was said........................

    Most broadcast transmitters don't have lobes - the whole point of broadcasting is to send the signal in *ALL* directions.
  16. tcmtech

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    Nov 4, 2013

    I don't think he is the only one in this thread who took that 'How to misinterpret the obvious.' class. :rolleyes: