Abstract: In this paper, a design of a power management system for a quadcopter-based air quality monitoring device was proposed. The design aims to extend the operating time of the battery. It employs a nanopower boost charger as a means of efficiently harvesting the ambient solar energy. The design also utilize maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm to maximize the extracted power. Boost converter for single cell batteries was used to translate voltage output into the required voltages for multiple loads.
Keywords: air quality; wireless sensor networks; quadcopter; solar; power management; energy harvesting.