Self-powered IoT - the route to a green energy transition

Wednesday 12th October 10:00 - 10:45


The mega trends that are affecting the energy market today is a reduction on fossil fuels, with renewable energy making its way onto the stage. Fossil fuels are dominating today with an 80% market share – but are predicted to decrease to ~20% by 2070. Solar energy is expected to take a central position in the future energy market.

The energy industry is shifting towards a more decentralized energy production system. The shift is facilitated through energy being harvested through different energy harvesting solutions. The shift allows for less dependency on wired energy, resulting in greater flexibility.

Today’s digital landscape is developing and is resulting in an increased number of devices, which drives a demand for wireless and battery-less devices / sensors. With the advancements in energy harvesting technologies that has taken place recently, the prospect of powering IoT devices from harvested energy have increased.

Within the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption. Improving the energy efficiency in buildings will be important.

Today, roughly 75% of the EU building stock is energy inefficient. This means that a large part of the energy used goes to waste. Such energy loss can be minimised by improving existing buildings and striving for smart solutions and energy efficient materials when constructing new houses.

Sustainable and healthy buildings can be achieved by optimization using IoT, but it will require a lot of sensors. The digital transformation drives the need to measure everything that happens in the physical world.

The main solution for powering sensors today is either by wire or by battery. Wired solutions are good when building new facilities, where you can plan for the wires from the beginning. It is also reliable, but the wiring normally becomes more expensive than the actual sensors. Battery powered solutions increases the flexibility of placement and retrofitting of existing buildings. The drawbacks are the maintenance cost for replacing the batteries during the products lifetime and the potential risk for regulations of disposable batteries.

The new approach is to use self-powered sensors, that harvests energy from natural sources already available. This presentation will talk about the different ways of harvesting energy from the ambient environment and discuss the pros and cons of each area.

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Dan Nylén

Field Application Engineer

Epshine AB

Dan Nylén is a Field Application Engineer at Epishine and is a technical generalist with 20 years of experience from various positions in tech companies.

As a Field Application Engineer at Epishine Dan’s focus is to make the integration process of our solar cell into the customer product as smooth as possible. This could be by support the customer with mechanical design or advise how to design the power management component.

Dan Nylén has experience from automotive and defence industries and has a long experience of mechanical integration and design.

His mindset is that nothing is impossible!

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