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Evaluating the “Power” of Energy Harvesting

Uncover the future of electronics as Atmosic Technologies delves into the world of energy harvesting.

This webinar was originally held on February 9th, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing.

 

Duration: 1 hour

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Summary

Energy harvesting, in principle, is not unlike the solar, wind, and other huge renewable-energy systems that pull ambient energy out of the environment and feed it into the electric grid. But it operates on a significantly smaller scale.

Energy harvesting is the process of capturing light, heat, vibrations, radio, or other sources of energy in the environment and converting it into small amounts—microwatts (µW) to milliwatts (mW)—of power, which are then used to replenish the batteries embedded inside wearables, wireless sensors, or other IoT devices. It can even supply enough power to do away with the battery altogether. While energy harvesting has been on the drawing board for years, it’s about to become a bigger deal for the electronics industry.

To better understand the status of energy harvesting, we reached out to Atmosic Technologies, one of the up-and-comers in the field of ultra-low-power wireless microcontrollers (MCUs). In this discussion, Nick Dutton, senior director of product marketing, runs through what you need to know about energy harvesting as well as the challenges posed by the technology and how the company is navigating them.

Speakers

Nick Dutton – Senior Director of Product Marketing, Atmosic

Nick Dutton is senior director for product marketing at Atmosic, one of the IoT industry’s leading providers of sustainable wireless technologies, where he oversees aspects of the company’s product management strategy and public relations. Nick has held senior leadership roles at Silicon Valley technology companies including Zentri and Integration Associates, where he led the successful acquisition by Silicon Labs. He also held roles at Roving Networks, acquired by Microchip Technology in 2012.

Nick’s vision at Atmosic is to drive a new wave of sustainable innovation in the IoT sector. He works closely with his team, Atmosic’s customers, and their partners to highlight the environmental and business benefits of reducing a device's dependency on batteries, and therefore ultimately reducing harmful battery waste caused by connected products.

James Morra – Senior Staff Editor, Electronic Design

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