Now it's here. Epishine's "light cell" that can change how we power small electronics - a thin and flexible organic solar cell that can be integrated in sensors, consumer electronics and other low power devices to reduce or eliminate the need for batteries.
"We are very proud to have taken the results from more than 25 years of research into this product. What makes it even better is that we have also developed a production process that is scalable into large volumes. This makes us one of the global leading actors in printed organic solar cells," says Anna Björklou, new CEO of Epishine.
Epishine's light cells are non-toxic, based on organic electronics and encapsulated in recyclable plastics. The unique scalability is due to the fact that the entire manufacturing process is based on different printing techniques, roll-to-roll. The thin and flexible cells can easily be integrated into typical plastic-based electronics housings. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040.
"We can now offer a product that completely redefines the possibilities for anyone developing low-power wireless devices for instance for the growing IoT and PropTech markets. You can now develop products that don't dependent on expensive battery replacements," says the sales director Jonas Palmér, Epishine.
The global digital transformation requires more and more dataflow between the physical and digital worlds. This will rapidly lead to a countless number of small sensors and displays, that today are powered by batteries. This is not sustainable, neither from an environmental perspective nor from a maintenance perspective.
Epishine's cutting-edge light cell is optimized for ambient light indoors. All electronic devices that today are powered by small batteries that last for a year or more can potentially be powered by harvesting ordinary indoor light with this innovation.
The new Swedish light cell that Epishine is starting to sell today is manufactured in an industrial process with capacity for the world market.
Epishine's business is based on pioneering manufacturing breakthroughs within printed organic solar cells. They have developed disruptive process steps that, among other things, provide a unique scalability in terms of manufacturing and a unique efficiency in low light.
Epishine's first product was released February 2021 months and is optimized for low energy lighting indoors. It's a small, thin and flexible light cell, printed on recyclable plastic and easily integrated into wireless products where it converts the ambient light into electricity. The light cells can be used instead of batteries on wireless sensors and similar devices in our increasingly connected world.
Epishine's long-term goal is to be in the forefront of printed organic solar cells and step by step enable the world's most scalable, resource-efficient and affordable solar cell. The company was founded in 2016 and has just over 20 employees with headquarters in Linköping and is mainly owned by a founding team together with renowned institutional investors and family offices. The next issue will be made in the spring of 2021.