Energy Harvesting

According to the year 2017 report by the LoRa Alliance, demand for Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) devices will increase dramatically from 80 million units a year in 2015 to 2.4 billion per year in 2025. Such rapid growth is no doubt owing to the needs created by ever-evolving wireless and wearable products based on embedded systems in the wave of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. From consumer electronics to smart living, even smart farming and smart factory, more products are now equipped with sensors used to transmit and receive signals from the Internet, so as to stay connected to the Cloud and Big Data above. How to supply a ever-lasting and reliable power becomes a critical issue.

The majority of the wearable or mobile devices still rely on battery power supply due to its size constraints. How to increase the efficiency and extend the life of the batteries becomes an issue constantly inviting lively debate. Energy Harvesting may be an answer to these concerns. Energy Harvesting is a technology that enervate energy from the environment, transform them into electric power and directly supplying them to applications or batteries for future use. The clear advantage of energy harvesting is that sapping energy from the environment almost guarantees endless sources of power, with very minimal costs. With energy harvesting technology, one avoid constantly replacing batteries as its life is thus extended by the continuous recharge from the energy harvesters, which not only keep our Earth green and clean but also slash significant maintenance costs.

Hawyang Semiconductor proudly announces its latest partnership with e-peas S.A. from Belgium, becoming an authorised reseller and technical support partner.

ounded in 2014, e-peas started its journey from the labs of Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. The new start-up quickly caught the eyeballs of prominent rule-setters and investors in the industry, securing venture capitals, and became one important player in the energy harvesting technology. The Power Management ICs (PMIC) of e-peas are compatible with various types of harvesters and power sources: Photovoltaic, Thermoelectric, Piezoelectric and RF. E-peas prides its products in its high performance and low power consumption. Its dual switch design ensures e-peas PMIC always performs at the maximum MPPT and avoid unnecessary power losses. Other benefits include low coldstart voltage, and power consumption, lowe current leakage, and its dual output offering both Buck and LDO for customers to choose. Total external components required when using e-peas PMICs is as low as 7 components, far less than the average 15 as required by most competitors in the market.

To learn more about e-peas and its product, click here to proceed.

You may also visit “Applications & Solutions” to learn more about potential “Energy Harvesting Applications” such as “Photovoltaic”, “Thermal”, “Vibration”, and “RF”。