Energy Harvesting Wireless Communications: A Review of Recent Advances

Sennur Ulukus, Aylin Yener, Elza Erkip, Osvaldo Simeone, Michele Zorzi, Pulkit Grover, Kaibin Huang

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This paper summarizes recent contributions in the broad area of energy harvesting wireless communications. In particular, we provide the current state of the art for wireless networks composed of energy harvesting nodes, starting from the information-theoretic performance limits to transmission scheduling policies and resource allocation, medium access, and networking issues. The emerging related area of energy transfer for self-sustaining energy harvesting wireless networks is considered in detail covering both energy cooperation aspects and simultaneous energy and information transfer. Various potential models with energy harvesting nodes at different network scales are reviewed, as well as models for energy consumption at the nodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7010878
Pages (from-to)360-381
Number of pages22
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Energy harvesting communications
  • energy cooperation
  • simultaneous wireless information and energy transfer


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