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Optimal Energy Allocation for Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesters

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Executive Summary

The authors consider the use of energy harvesters, in place of conventional batteries with fixed energy storage, for point-to-point wireless communications. In addition to the challenge of transmitting in a channel with time selective fading, energy harvesters provide a perpetual but unreliable energy source. In this paper, they consider the problem of energy allocation over a finite horizon, taking into account a time varying channel and energy source, so as to maximize the throughput. Two types of side information are assumed to be available: causal side information of the immediate past channel condition and harvested energy, and full side information.

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