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Sol Chip – integrated solar energy harvesting for sensor nodes

By Damir Beciri
17 September 2013

sensors-solar-power-1Increased interest for sensor networks in various applications are forcing research groups to come up with ways to power the individual sensor modules remains a sticking point in these sorts of applications. While wiring and batteries can be viable solutions for small-scale projects, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute came up with tiny solar cells that… »

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New chip harnessing power from light, heat and vibrations

By Damir Beciri
13 July 2012

mit-harnessing-multiple-energy-sources-1Most efforts to harness multiple energy sources so far have employed switching to the source which provides most energy at that moment, but a group of researchers at MIT developed a system able to combine energy from multiple sources by switching rapidly between them. The¬† system could to be used in new battery-free monitoring systems… »