Date of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Applied Science (MASc)


Computing and Software


Douglas Down




We examine energy harvesting sensor networks, more specifically, a sensor network using the Geographic Routing with Environmental Energy Supply (GREES) algorithm. We start with a discussion of other sources of energy conservation both in energy harvesting and non-energy harvesting sensor networks. Ideas presented in these works are combined where possible with the GREES algorithm. A sensor network was actually built to test and (if possible) improve the algorithm. There were problems along the way, but they were overcome to produce a functioning energy harvesting sensor network that used solar cells as the energy harvesting unit. Tests were run on the network by giving a consistent light and battery supply, and then changing parameters of the algorithm to see their effect on the lifetime of the network, indicating the network's sensitivity to individual parameters. These results are presented, along with their interpretation, as well as an error analysis detailing the behaviour of the algorithm. We discuss how sensitive the network is to each parameter, indicating which parameters are more important to calibrate or measure correctly.

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