STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor solutions provider, along with Micropelt, thermoelectric chips manufacturer, and ARaymond, assembly technology company, have teamed up to showcase thermal-energy harvesting-based solutions designed to power 'smart microsystems' and 'smart sensors' at the Hannover Fair.
The companies will exhibit their range of self-sustaining wireless systems under the theme of 'Green Solutions' at the expo. Wireless actuator and sensor systems are projected to play a major role in achieving efficiency of energy and resources.
STMicroelectronics and Micropelt have jointly developed the Perpetual Energy Module (PEM-TE01) system, which combines the former’s EnFilm solid-state thin-film rechargeable battery and the latter’s chip-sized thermogenerator (TEG). For ultra-low-power systems, the TEGs have the capability to convert local heat fluxes into electrical energy. The PEM-TE01 system would be a virtual perpetual-energy solution for maintenance-free and durable wireless system.
ARaymond's Heat BiTe wireless, fully energy-autonomous temperature sensor has been integrated with Micropelt's TE-Power NODE wireless-sensor evaluation platform. The combined product, TE-Power MOTE, can be used in solar-thermal systems that carry liquids having temperatures more or less than the ambient temperature to achieve a fully autonomous, wireless condition-monitoring system.