Energy coverage in millimeter wave energy harvesting networks

Talha Ahmed Khan, Ahmed Alkhateeb, Robert W. Heath

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

13 Scopus citations


Wireless energy harvesting in millimeter wave (mmWave) cellular networks is attractive, thanks to the large antenna arrays and the anticipated dense deployment of these systems. The signal propagation at mmWave frequencies, however, shows peculiar propagation characteristics such as extreme sensitivity to building blockages. This work analyzes the energy harvesting performance at receivers powered by a mmWave cellular network. Leveraging tools from stochastic geometry, analytical expressions are derived to characterize the energy coverage probability at a typical receiver in terms of the cellular network density, the antenna geometry parameters, and the channel parameters. Results show that there typically exists an optimum transmit antenna beamwidth that maximizes the network-wide energy coverage probability for many operating scenarios. Simulation results further suggest that mmWave energy harvesting could provide a substantial performance boost compared to lower frequency solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467395267
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 10 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings


OtherIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication


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