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Posted on April 8, 2009 by  & 

Energy harvesting moves from theory to adoption

There are several conferences on the theoretical aspects of energy harvesting and they have an important function to perform. However, in 2009, the subject is finally coming of age with widespread early adoption and market pull after so many years of little more than supplier push. Reflecting this change, the IDTechEx conference Energy Harvesting Europe will dedicate the whole of its first day to user needs and markets. Detailed market forecasts will be presented by independent analysts, IDTechEx. Then those in mobile phones, aerospace, atomic energy, lighting, publishing, marine, buildings, helping the third world and other sectors will say what they want and what their experience has been so far. For example, Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer will present, as will Rolls Royce Aeroengines, the global leader in that sector. The EnOcean Alliance of over 70 organisations worldwide producing interchangeable building controls will present on that sector. Its strap line is "No wires, no batteries, no limits" and it has over 500,000 devices already installed and a fabulous future ahead of it that is certainly not confined to the building industry. The French Atomic Energy Commission will present: it seeks wireless sensor networks that last for decades. Structural Graphics will seek energy harvesting for its promotional electronic devices following the huge success of its electronic Esquire magazine last year. In addition, many potential users are attending and seeking to talk to suppliers. The exhibition will be a good forum for this.
The second day is titled Technology Roadmap and it will include many first announcements including several new forms of ultra low power electronics to match energy harvesting, newly successful vibration harvesting, improved thermoelectrics, implanted harvesting in the human body, photovoltaics working from UV and infrared and transparent photovoltaics. Reflecting a newly popular topic, the special needs of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are thoroughly covered. Here, 90% of the potential market will be unattainable without energy harvesting because maintenance-free life of decades is needed. There will be visits to the leader in logic for portable electronics, Cambridge Silicon Radio, and the legendary Cambridge University CAPE Centre researching potentially printed photovoltaics and other relevant subjects.
For further information on this exciting new conference, please visit
For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at or to find out more about the Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at

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Posted on: April 8, 2009

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