Hardware : Sensor Systems : Energy Harvesting

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Delft, The Netherlands

VC-A; Disruptive Technology Ventures

Nowi has developed a novel energy harvesting power management IC that combines top harvesting performance with the world’s smallest assembly footprint and lowest BOM cost. Thereby it simplifies the design process and lowers the threshold for any company to develop ‘Plug & Forget’ products. Fundamentally Nowi believes that for the physical world to be connected to the digital world, a new approach for powering devices is required. Traditionally we power devices by bringing energy to them. We do this in the form of batteries and cables, however at the incredible scale of a connected world this has become a limiting factor. Instead of bringing energy, Nowi aims to enable products to use the energy that is already available at its location.

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Energy Harvesting Startups Could Power Some IoT Dreams


Author: Dan Jones

Topics: IIoT, energy harvesting

Organizations: Everactive, e-peas, Nowi

Removing batteries from the industrial equation cuts costs and reduces the hours that people spend replacing them. Using batteryless equipment in industrial and consumer settings could also greatly reduce the number of batteries that are thrown into landfills around the globe. It is estimated that 3 billion batteries a year are discarded in the U.S. alone!

For instance, Everactive argues that if you were to deploy 10,000 battery-powered industrial IoT sensors across your facility to transmit real-time data about the health of your machinery, over time your team would be replacing around 2,000 batteries a year. Many of these sensors would be located in difficult-to-reach areas, further increasing the time and expense needed to replace the chemical cells.

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