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Designing Perpetual IoT Edge Devices Using Solar PMIC and Supercap Technology

Batteries in IoT solutions are expensive to maintain, replace, transport and recycle. Using solar energy harvesting and ultra-thin prismatic supercaps with a smart PMIC can eliminate batteries in your electronics designs without compromising on performance. Join this webinar to hear from three industry-leading experts covering solar, supercapacitors, and power management.




Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT / 5:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

PowerFilm, e-peas and CAP-XX have collaborated on this webinar to help interested design engineers and IoT professionals understand the components of a solar energy harvesting solution using PMICs and supercapacitors to provide a range of power options for IoT devices. While batteries are a simple solution for IoT devices they can be bulky, quick to drain depending on device functionality, and expensive to maintain and replace.

This webinar will provide design guidelines and common use cases for implementing IOT edge device power solutions using these three components. Each presenter will share specifics on their component capabilities with a combined Q&A session to finish the presentation.

PowerFilm designs, manufactures and delivers custom solar energy harvesting solutions specific to each customer's use case and requirements. They offer solutions across many IoT segments, including retail, agriculture, telematics and industrial automation.

e-peas is a leader in PMIC solutions for energy harvesting based power supply thanks to it Ambient Energy Management product family.

CAP-XX is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultra-thin, prismatic and cylindrical supercaps. Supercaps are an excellent alternative to batteries in many electronics applications. Supercaps are extremely charge efficient, making charging from micro energy harvesting technologies like solar very efficient, offer 10+ years life or 1,000,000 charge discharge cycles, and can operate effectively in -40° C to +85° C environments.

Key Takeaways

  • Extend battery life, reduce battery size, or replace batteries completely
  • Expand device functionality by increasing your power budget
  • Keep your solution CAPEX and OPEX under control
  • Expand ROI by increasing QoS and Edge devices service time.
  • Recover from unexpected power interruptions or usage spikes

Speakers

Jeff Colton, EVP, CAP-XX

Jeff Colton - 25 years in the energy storage business including multiple battery chemistries, flywheels and supercapacitors

Sam Jones, R&D Engineer, Powerfilm solar

Sam Jones has been the lead engineer on dozens of photovoltaic energy harvesting solutions, focusing primarily on applications in the emerging IoT sector. By developing reference designs, evaluation kits, and educational materials, Samuel strives to remove the technological barriers of implementing energy harvesting in the real world. Samuel's work in indoor light harvesting has helped demonstrate that solar and photovoltaics can be a vital component of a total power solution almost anywhere.

Bruno Damien, Ecosystem Marketing Director, e-peas

Bruno Damien has long experience in development of energy harvesting solutions. Specially in the domain of IoT Edge devices for smart home, smart building, enterprises and industries. Over the past 8 years he specified and promoted multiple battery-free and wireless application nodes and drove plenty of award-winning innovations in previous positions held at a semiconductor giant.