Cutting-edge technology will radically extend lifespan of IoT nodes
Barcelona, December 2019
Green transition is in full swing in many sectors that count on technology to create a sustainable future. Regulations still differ between nations and some countries are more advanced than others; in Denmark, nearly half of the electricity is supplied by sources of renewable energy.
Despite the lack of global standards, initiatives having green energy as a top priority are blooming across the globe. They are set to achieve a trade-off between the growing demand for energy globally and climate emergency.
At European level, during the UN COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, the European Commission has stressed its ambition to have a leadership role in transforming the global economy towards carbon neutrality. The European Green Deal, presented during the summit, sets the agenda for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, slowing down global warming and mitigating its effects.
Shaping future power sources for IoT
The IoT sector is also exploring green options for interconnected devices and systems that collect and transfer data over a network. These devices are usually powered by batteries whose life cycle is currently one of the areas demanding energy-saving solutions.
HARVESTORE is a European project funded by the EU Program for Research and Innovation which has put together research, technology centres, and advanced industries from 6 different countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, and United Kingdom). The consortium members are developing a new technology paradigm to collect and store energy in a simplified single-stage procedure.
The 5-year project is now in its first year where Worldsensing is providing its know-how as IoT expert to help define the requirements that will make the solution viable to be adopted in an industry-standard IoT monitoring system.
Opening up the way for self-powered IoT devices
Loadsensing, Worldsensing’s low-power wireless monitoring system, is being used to test and monitor the parameters necessary for the design phase and improve energy management in harvesters and storage units.
At present, Loadsensing guarantees 10 years of unattended operations. With the energy improvements developed in the project, this battery life cycle will be extended unlimitedly because the node will have an energy harvester incorporated.
This new generation of devices will offer unprecedented possibilities to the industry, among others for the monitoring of infrastructures.
“Climate change is putting ageing infrastructures at risk. Flash floods or landslides, for instance, can compromise the stability of buildings or bridges. When these severe weather hazards happen, critical infrastructures must be monitored with a high sampling rate for a given period. At the moment, this significantly reduces the battery life of the devices. With the technology we’re developing, this will be an issue of the past: devices will be able to store energy and recharge autonomously. This means we are talking about devices with nearly unlimited power capabilities,” explains Ignasi Garcia-Milà, Innovation Project Manager at Worldsensing.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824072
Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. The Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 100 employees and offices in Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, and Singapore, Worldsensing is globally active and has already conducted projects in over 60 countries across 6 continents.