Cymbet Corp. and Konarka Technologies are combining their solar energy capture, energy conversion and energy storage technologies to demonstrate advanced solar energy harvesting techniques. According to the companies, these techniques enable new applications, such as zero-power intelligent building energy management wireless sensors, agricultural field monitoring/reporting devices and shipment status data loggers.
A demonstration of the new technologies will be featured at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif., March 30-April 2 in Cymbet's booth, #436.
The key to creating cost-effective energy-harvesting sensors and controls is to use power-train components that can be optimized for the application. ‘Our Power Plastic technology is lightweight, flexible and adaptable for use in many energy harvesting applications,’ says Dan Williams, vice president of business development at Konarka. ‘This particular demo illustrates Power Plastic deployed in a cylindrical shape that powers a wireless sensor via the Cymbet EnerChip EH power module.’
Cymbet recently introduced the new EnerChip EH CBC5300 energy-harvesting power module that connects to the flexible Konarka Power Plastic photovoltaic cell in this demo. The CBC5300 utilizes EnerChip solid-state energy cells and combines energy conversion, energy storage and power management into a small footprint module, the company says.
Cymbet Corp.: (763) 633-1780
Konarka Technologies: (978) 569-1400
SOURCES: Cymbet Corp., Konarka Technologies