On the design of a free space optical link for small cell backhaul communication and power supply

John Fakidis, Stepan Kucera, Holger Claussen, Harald Haas

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Abstract

The concept of small cells (SCs) is widely acknowledged for its significant benefits in energy efficiency and capacity of heterogeneous cellular networks. However, a large scale outdoor installation of SCs is limited by cost factors. Therefore, wireless backhaul communication and wireless power supply to SCs could significantly reduce deployment costs. The focus of this paper is on the investigation of the use of free space optical (FSO) links for power transfer to SCs in an indoor environment. In particular, an experimental design of a red light link for wireless power transmission (WPT) and energy harvesting (EH) is presented in the absence of ambient light. The transmitter includes up to five laser diodes (LDs) with a typical output optical power of 50mW per LD. Light collimation is achieved by the use of aspheric lenses. The receiver comprises a crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar panel placed at 5.2m from the optical transmitter. The use of five pairs of LDs and lenses results in a maximum harvested power of 10.4mW. This study shows that the number of optical transmitters required for the generation of an electrical power of 1W (demanded for the operation of a SC) from the solar panel is estimated to be 110.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Communication Workshop, ICCW 2015
Pages1428-1433
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467363051
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2015
EventIEEE International Conference on Communication Workshop, ICCW 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE International Conference on Communication Workshop, ICCW 2015

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communication Workshop, ICCW 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/06/1512/06/15

Keywords

  • optical transmitters
  • lasers
  • optical fiber communication
  • integrated optics
  • optical receivers

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