Autonomous inductive charging system for battery-operated electric drones

Majid Khonji, Mohammed Alshehhi, Chien Ming Tseng, Chi Kin Chau

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Abstract

Electric drones have a wide range of applications due to the convenience and agility. One of the main hurdles for their wide deployment and full automation is the battery life limitation and the need for manual intervention for charging. In this work, we present a solar powered charging system capable of automatically charging battery-powered drones in remote locations. We developed a tethered robotic rover equipped with a 2D Lidar sensor to detect and localize a drone, and a robotic arm equipped with an inductive charging pad. The charging pad senses current measurements from individual inductive coils, and adjusts accordingly the robotic arm position to maximize charging rate. Such system, in principal, can cater for arbitrary drone shapes and landing positions and is less susceptible to external lighting and environmental conditions by the use of Lidar and current sensors instead of computer vision.We remark that our system can be also applied to charging other small electric vehicles.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicatione-Energy 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Future Energy Systems
Pages322-327
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350365
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 May 2017
Event8th ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems, e-Energy 2017 - Shatin, Hong Kong
Duration: 16 May 201719 May 2017

Publication series

Namee-Energy 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Future Energy Systems

Conference

Conference8th ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems, e-Energy 2017
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityShatin
Period16/05/1719/05/17

Keywords

  • Drones
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Inductive charging
  • Robotics

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