In general, current wireless sensors typically state a two to five year lifetime in ideal conditions, but in reality battery replacements occur in less than one or two years. The cost and maintenance headache associated with battery replacement is quite problematic and can be inhibitive to implementing an IoT system from the very beginning. For one, in industrial settings, each battery replacement can cost from $250 to $500, since someone needs to take the time to go out, change the battery, and re-commission the system. Not every sensor dies at the same time, making constant replacement a serious headache for large sensor networks.
Extending battery life is a continuous goal for wireless IoT solutions. Until now, utilizing energy harvesting has not always been practical for wireless IoT device like sensors (especially for industrial applications). Xidas and PowerFilm offer state-of-the-art vibration and indoor solar energy harvesting solutions that can perpetually power electronic device for 10-plus years, enabling a fit-and-forget system. This webinar will provide an overview on state-of-the-art for energy harvesting solutions, a walkthrough of all factors to consider when integrating energy harvesters, and a review of all actions required to deliver a solution that ultimately never dies.
The next generation of IoT will not be held back by disposable batteries and traditional power sources' limitations. Extend battery life, expand resilience, and enable compact energy autonomous devices with an energy harvesting solution.
- Learn the basic components of an energy harvesting system
- Gain an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of vibration and light energy harvesting
- Learn how to capture energy from the vibrations coming off machines and use it to perpetually power wireless sensors
- Discover a solution that can be implemented with wireless sensor solutions to increase the battery life to 10-plus years
Sourabh Dhillon has spearheaded the IoT product direction and strategy in the business, working with the National Science Foundation and Industrial leaders to identify and implement disruptive intelligent sensor and energy harvesting products. He has a master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from USC and more than seven years of management and business development experience.
Dan Stieler became President of PowerFilm in 2016 after a series of roles in engineering and R&D. He received his EE PhD from Iowa State University in 2008. In addition to his role as President Dan continues to lead research on both solar materials and electronics. Materials research includes improvement of roll-to-roll deposited thin films, deposition techniques, and in situ monitoring. Electronics research focuses on remote power solutions for low-power devices, including analysis of battery types and energy harvesting integrated circuits.