RF-Harvesting Tightly Coupled Rectenna Array Tee-Shirt with Greater Than Octave Bandwidth Articles uri icon


  • Estrada, José Antonio
  • Kwiatkowski, Eric
  • Barton, Taylor
  • Popovic, Zoya

publication date

  • May 2020

start page

  • 3908

end page

  • 3919


  • 9


  • 68

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9480

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9670


  • This article presents 16- and 81-element broadband rectenna arrays screen printed on a cotton tee-shirt for harvesting 4-130-muW/cm2 power densities between 2 and 5 GHz. A packaged SMS7630-079LF Schottky diode is connected with silver paint and soldered to each element of the array. The diode impedance over frequency as a function of dc load and input power is analyzed using source-pull harmonic-balance simulations. The antenna is a quasi-self-complementary tightly coupled bow-tie array with a period of about lambda0/6 at the highest frequency. The impedance at the element ports of the array and the array radiation pattern are analyzed with source-pull diode complex impedance port terminations. Full-wave simulations are performed with the cotton fabric on top of specific tissue layer stack-up for a human torso, as well as for a body phantom. Measurements using a water-filled phantom show upto Pdc = 32 muW for incident power densities of 4 muW/cm2, with a dc load of Rdc = 2 kOmega. At higher incident power density levels of 100 muW/cm2, up to 32% efficiency is measured. Measured rectified voltage and efficiency for the wearable tee-shirt are in good agreement with phantom measurements for the 81-element array. In addition, the effects of body curvature, air layer between tee-shirt and skin, and washing of the fabric are quantified in either simulation or measurements.


  • energy harvesting; rectenna; schottky; screen printed; tee-shirt; wearable