Energy Cooperation in Energy Harvesting Two-Way Communications

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In this paper, the authors investigate a two-way communication channel where users can harvest energy from nature and energy can be transferred in one-way from one of the users to the other. Energy required for data transmission is randomly harvested by the users throughout the communication duration and users have unlimited batteries to store energy for future use. In addition, there is a separate wireless energy transfer unit that facilitates energy transfer only in one-way and with efficiency. They study the energy cooperation made possible by wireless energy transfer in the two-way channel. Assuming that both users know the energy arrivals in advance, they find jointly optimal offline energy management policies that maximize the sum throughput of the users.

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