IDTechEx has honored innovation at the Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS awards held on 15 May in Berlin. The ceremony was attended by technology developers, researchers, academics and users.
The awards were judged by Peter Fuhr from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Henrik Zessin from the Fraunhofer IIS. The ceremony was held for the fourth time in Europe.
The award for Best Application of Energy Harvesting was given to Precision Motors Deutsche Minebea in Germany for developing an application prototype that avoided changing of batteries.
G24 Innovations in Wales, UK won the award for Best Technical Development of Energy Harvesting. The company has developed and commercialized its technology to integrate dye sensitized cells into various applications including rolling blinds powered autonomously and wireless keyboards. The company has partnered with Logitech for the wireless keyboard application. The blinds have been installed in a Las Vegas hotel.
Libelium in Spain was honored with the award for Best Application of Wireless Sensor Networks. It had developed a complex wireless sensor network (WSN) which can support 1000 sensor nodes that had the capacity to sense various types of gaseous agents. It can also monitor availability of parking in cities. The network is compatible with many communication protocols. Libelium has deployed the 1000 sensor node WSN.
Algra AE in Switzerland won the award for Best Exhibitor in Show for its piezoelectric energy harvesters. The Best Poster award was given to Yannick Verbelen and Serge Kubera of Erasmus University College, Brussels for the topic "Ambient Energy Powered Smart Meters."