Sol Chip and Cellergy have collaborated to offer a high-performance solar-energy harvesting sensor that can be integrated into a range of devices so they require little or no battery power to operate. (Source: Cellergy)
This could be handy for companies that require remote sensors. In the past remote sensors have a power source that runs down and needs to be replaced, which is costly in technician time. Plus, there is always the possibility that a device's power source could run down before its scheduled replacement. This could end that burden.
That's a good question, Nadine. I imagine they should be able to, but it could depend on which type of wireless connectivity they support. But it seems like a foolish design for them not to work globally.
Yes, Rob, it seems like wireless sensors are a chief application for this sort of thing. And there are a whole new wave of medical and health-monitoring sensors that are emerging that would benefit from an energy source that doesn't require a traditional type battery.
Well there are a number of wireless sensors for health monitoring that are being developed, Rob, so I think this would be a good application for those. Check this story out I wrote awhile back about it: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=244432
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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