Energy Harvesting and Scavenging: Technologies, Algorithms, and Communication Protocols

Submission Deadline: 30 December 2016

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Energy Harvesting and Scavenging: Technologies, Algorithms, and Communication Protocols.

The operation of modern electronic communication devices rely on constant energy sources such as DC power obtained from AC sources via AC to DC conversion or small chargeable/replaceable batteries. However, in some cases, providing a constant energy source is not feasible. Due to the advancement in technology, energy harvesting technologies can be exploited to power-up the modern day electronic communication devices. These energy harvesting technologies rely on energy sources naturally present in the environment, such as solar energy, wind energy, and heat energy. Moreover, energy can also be acquired from the human body from movement of different parts of the body such as walking, heartbeat, movement of arms, just to name a few. All these energy harvesting technologies and techniques may satisfy the need of energy for low power communication devices and may enable the charging of electronic mobile devices anywhere and at any time.

In this Special Section in IEEE Access, we focus on the most recent advances in the interdisciplinary research areas encompassing the Energy Harvesting domain. This Special Section will bring together researchers from diverse fields and specializations, such as communications engineering, computer science, electrical and electronics engineering, bio-medical engineering, education sector, mathematics and specialists in the areas related to energy harvesting technologies. In this Special Section, we invite researchers from academia, industry, and governmental organizations to discuss challenging ideas, novel research contributions, demonstration results, and standardization efforts on the energy harvesting and related areas.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Battery Recharging Techniques
  • Harvesting Technologies (Solar Cells, Peizoelectric, Electrostatic, Bio Fuel Cell)
  • Analysis of Energy Sources (walking, body heat, heart beat etc) in Body Area Networks
  • Solar Energy based Battery Recharging
  • Bio Chemical Energy Harvesting Sources
  • Bio Mechanical Energy Harvesting Sources
  • Ambient Energy Harvesting Sources
  • Wind Energy based Battery Recharging
  • Head Energy based Battery Recharging
  • Wireless Power Transfer
  • Inductive Coupling Methods of Energy Harvesting
  • Magnetic Resonance based Methods of Energy Harvesting
  • Energy Harvesting in Wireless Body Area Networks
  • Energy Harvesting in Cellular Networks
  • Energy Harvesting in Cognitive Cellular Systems
  • Energy Harvesting in Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Standardization Activities for Energy Harvesting in Communication Networks
  • Spectrum Related Issues for Energy Harnessing
  • Security and Privacy Issues of Energy Harvesting
  • Algorithms and Protocols for Energy Harvesting


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Associate Editor: Mubashir Husain Rehmani, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

Guest Editors:
1. Ayaz Ahmad, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
2. Abderrezak Rachedi, University Paris Est, France
3. Soumaya Cherkaoui, Professor at Sherbrooke University, Canada
4. Kok-Lim Alvin Yau, Sunway University, Malaysia


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: Bora M. Onat, Managing Editor, IEEE Access (Phone: (732) 562-6036,