Wireless Powered Communication Networks: From Theory to 

Industry Challenges

IEEE WCNC 2016, 3-6 April 2016, Doha, Qatar

Recently, wireless energy harvesting and transfer technology has gained prominence in the wireless

communication research community. Standards for wireless energy transfer (e.g., Qi and Rezence)

have been recently developed to provide universal interfaces among mobile devices and chargers.

Wireless energy harvesting and transfer technologies can be adopted to provide power supply for the

wireless nodes in a large variety of network scenarios.  Many research issues, related to the design,

analysis, and optimization of architectures and protocols for such networks, arise in this context. In 

particular, and unlike other forms of ambient energy harvesting (e.g., wind, solar, and vibration), the 

efficiency of wireless energy harvesting and transfer depends on the relative distances between the 

energy sources and the harvesting devices, and thus, on the mobility of the wireless nodes. 

Additionally, the efficient usage of the harvested energy depends on the communication protocols 

used by both these devices and other network nodes (e.g., the base stations). Thus, the identification 

of effective solutions to address the significant architectural and protocol design issues that 

characterize wireless powered communication networks, is paramount.  A novel vision and new

research challenges arise, in which the schemes and solutions developed for traditional wireless 

communication networks without or with other forms of energy harvesting have to be revisited.

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