Date Added: Dec 2010
An experimental RF energy harvesting system to harvest energy from cell towers is presented in this paper. An electromagnetically-coupled square microstrip antenna is designed and fabricated for deployment in the presented system. Antenna gain of 9.1dB and bandwidth from 877 MHz to 998 MHz is achieved. A Schottky diode-based single stage voltage doubler and six-stage voltage doubler has also been designed and fabricated for DC voltage generation. Measured results show that a voltage of 2.78V is obtained at a distance of 10m from the cell tower and a voltage of 0.87V is obtained at a distance of 50m.