Sigfox is working on commercial development to create an energy harvesting device in collaboration with HT Micron and Nowi to launch a board integrating HT Micron (SiP) and Nowi (PMIC) solutions.
This collaboration is claimed to be the first step for Sigfox towards a commercial development of energy harvesting modules to equip IoT devices and contribute to more sustainability in IoT. Key use cases noted are applications in Smart metering, industrial sensoring, asset tracking and air quality monitoring.
During the research phase, HT Micron has worked on creating the innovative semiconductor solution to be integrated with Nowi’s Energy Harvesting PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit) designed especially for low power IoT devices. Equipped on Sigfox devices and powered by the 0G technology, this solution will help reduce battery consumption and offer longer autonomy while reducing the total cost of ownership.
Nowi PMIC is designed to efficiently extract power from ambient energy sources like light and vibration to charge a variety of energy storage elements such as a rechargeable battery or a capacitor. It is best suited for most low power applications like distributed IoT sensors and TV remote controls for example.
Chris Juliano, CCO at Nowi, explains, “The low power consumption of Sigfox solutions is particularly well suited to being powered by ambient energy harvesting. As many Sigfox-based applications require intermittent communication intervals, this allows for trickle charging a storage element with energy harvesting in between transmissions.”
Sigfox and HT Micron have been working together for several years already and HT Micron was identified as a partner for this project as they have the expertise to create innovative modules and they consider energy harvesting essential for IoT mass adoption with sustainability, the company said in a press release.