The EU HarveStore project is creating wireless energy systems called “μ-harvestorers” for powering IoT nodes. In addition to being small in scale and powerful, these fingertip-size devices are also environmentally friendly.
HarveStore aims to use disruptive concepts from the emerging Nanoionics and Iontronics disciplines to develop a radical new family of all-solid-state micro-devices able to concurrently harvest and store energy from heat and light, which are freely available in nature, to provide uninterrupted power to low power devices such as IoT nodes.
Applicable to a wide range of fields including industry, organizations and consumers, 27 billion IoT devices worth some €2 trillion are expected to be installed by 2025. But while this technology has tremendous future potential, it also highlights a need for compact, low-cost, lightweight and ecologically friendly energy sources.
Heading towards the end of its second year, the project consortium is now focused on the fabrication of the first-generation of enhanced devices for energy harvesting and storage.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824072.