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Electrical and electronic engineering, Communication engineering and systems, telecommunications
The integration of a low-profile antenna array with a multicrystalline silicon solar cell capable of powering a low-power wireless sensor at 2.45 GHz is reported. Lattice bus bars on the cell are exploited to minimize antenna shadows from low-profile antennas and transmission lines for a higher output power. The dual inverted-F array improves gain, and beam switching enables the array to sweep a wider coverage angle with larger beamwidths compared to other solar integrated antennas.
O'Conchubhair, O.; McEvoy, P.; Ammann, M.J., "Integration of Antenna Array With Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cell," Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE , vol.14, pp.1231,1234, 2015 doi:10.1109/LAWP.2015.2399652