Recent Advances of Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer in Cellular Networks

LIU Binghong, PENG Mugen, and ZHOU Zheng

[Abstract] As a promising solution to alleviating the energy bottleneck in wireless devices with limited battery capacity, simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) techniques have been widely researched in cellular networks. To further improve the spectral and energy efficiency of wireless information and power transfer, the combination of SWIPT and new techniques in cellular networks has drawn much attention recently. In this paper, we comprehensively survey the key techniques for SWIPT, the combination of SWIPT and new techniques in cellular networks, challenges and open issues. The key techniques for SWIPT including traditional power splitting, time switching, etc., and joint receiving and transmitting techniques such as eigenchannels and mixed signals are provided in detail. Furthermore, the applications of SWIPT to recent techniques such as SWIPT⁃assisted non⁃orthogonal multiple access, SWIPT⁃assisted device⁃to⁃device communication, and SWIPT⁃assisted full⁃duplex communication, are comprehensively summarized in this paper. The potential open issues including the management of dynamic harvested energy, trading between wireless power transfer and traffic offloading, and effects of the mode switching at energy harvesting devices, are outlined as well.

[Keywords] SWIPT; non⁃orthogonal multiple access; device⁃to⁃device communication; full⁃duplex communication

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