The Nuon Solar Team has been world champion 8 times over the last 16 years of the world solar car championship, on October 1, 2016 they won the Solar Challenge in South Africa from Pretoria to Cape Town beating solar-powered vehicles designed by groups from all over the world. They drove 4,717 kilometres in the Nuna8, now holding the world record for the longest distance ever driven during a solar race.
Interview of Winnifred Noorlander from the Nuon Solar Team by Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx. Nuon Solar Team currently employs nine students from Delft University of Technology. Much of its innovation is constrained by the rules of the solar race such as being limited to 3sq. meters of GaAs or 6 sq. meters of single crystal silicon PV. Nonethelesss, innovative suspension has been developed of unusually small size to fit the aerodynamic shell. In past years they have tried concentrators and GaAs. Regenerative braking is the only viable regenerative harvesting within the rules. They have remarkably efficient traction motors at 96%. Power electronics is secret but they are aware of the potential of the new SiC and GaN power components not least in lightweighting and improving efficiency. They are interested in the Sabic lighter-weight polycarbonate cowl glazing. They do not yet have structural electronics beyond the PV forming the outer surface. The vehicles are entirely carbon fiber except the aluminium suspension. The racer is currently a mere 150 kg.
EMD, shows their extremely small IoT node run from an energy harvesting solar cell, which won the CISCO Big Award. EMD works on vibrational and thermo electric as well as solar energy harvesting cells.
EMD is a privately owned Research and Engineering company founded in 2010. Their experienced staff and associates have a spectrum of skills and knowledge combined with that all-essential pioneering and innovative spirit.
Phil Poole, Director of Semiconductors at Microdul shows their low power temperature and timing sensors at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Working with the Swiss company Algra, Microdul is developing finger-powered piezo wireless push buttons named Algra Dynapic, aiming it as stick-on light switches and other building control applications. Microdul AG develops and produces customised microelectronic components.
At the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, designer and keynote speaker, Pauline Van Dongen shows her wearable clothing designs, merging technology with fashion design. Included are a solar charging shirt.
Pauline combines new technologies with traditional techniques to constantly renovate craftsmanship. Working closely with companies from the field of science and innovation, Pauline aims to merge fashion and technology giving life to scientific creations.
At the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Jan Broeders, Business Development for Healthcare at Analog Devices, shows off wearable devices tailored for collecting health information such as the ADPD103 Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Vision Based Occupancy Sensing, ADP5091 Boost Converter for Energy Harvesting and their Wireless Charging Zero Pin Sensor. Analog Devices is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a broad portfolio of high performance analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in virtually all types of electronic equipment.
A video interview with Würth Elektronik, taken at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA exhibition. Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG is a manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components for the electronics industry. The product range covers EMC Components, Capacitors, Inductors, RF Inductors and LTCC Components, Transformers, Components for Circuit Protection, Power Modules, LEDs, Connectors, Switches, Power Elements in Press-fit Technology and Assembly Technique.
An interview with Jennova at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA exhibition. Jennova is an engineering company that develops Energy-Harvesting products which are adaptable to existing and new infrastructure, and can be modified to generate a wide range of power output. Jennova have recently developed 2 Energy-Harvesting powered Multi-Sensors, capable of gathering data from multiple sensor inputs and transmitting either to the web or direct to device. For more information see http://jennova.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com
An interview with Powercast at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA exhibition. Powercast is a designer and producer of embedded wireless power based on RF energy harvesting. Powercast's technology enables remote charging of micro-power devices using controllable wireless power, over distance, between one or more sources and multiple receivers. Devices with Powercast components can be designed for battery-free or battery-recharge operation, thereby eliminating disposable batteries. For more information see http://www.powercastco.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Interview with Witt Limited at Energy Harvesting & Storage USA. Witt Limited has created a scalable energy harvesting device called the WITT which captures energy from motion. Whilst there are numerous applications for the technology, Witt Limited are initially creating WITTs to power small vessels and navigational buoys from sea motion. This will be followed by a smaller WITT to generate power from human motion when the right development partners are identified. Future applications could extend to generating grid scale power from the ocean. For more information see http://www.witt-energy.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com