Elkhart, Tennessee --- Jennova Inc. recently introduced a full array of patented Electrodynamic Energy Harvesting (EH) technologies at the Sensors Expo & Conference held in San Jose, California. The demonstrations explored the latest battery power management and vibrational harvesting technologies available to gather energy that would otherwise be lost in physical motion. This includes the operation of devices ranging from body sensor networks and automotive sensors to the billions of monitors used to extrapolate data from the Industrial Internet of Things. (IIoT).
“Unlike other vibrational energy harvesters, Jennova’s method does not require calibrations for each individual device making it the most simplified technology of-its-kind available today,” said Terry Pennisi, the company’s CEO and founder. “It is ideal for operating stand-alone products or acting as an integrated component within an embedded solution. Our goal is to develop energy harvesting platforms that are small-in-size, create comparatively high levels of power when compared to similar technologies, and provide a simple, yet robust way to integrate into the final products and solutions of customers.”
During the event, Christian Pennisi, Jennova’s director of operations, furthered this discussion by addressing the trends and challenges surrounding “Electrodynamic Energy Harvesting: Past, Present & Future.” After summarizing the various forms of small-scale EH technologies in the marketplace today, he highlighted the current ability of Electrodynamic EH devices to generate energy in the milli-watt range and power low-demand IoT layers and other connected devices.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a significant decrease in the power requirements for many IoT-style solutions,” explained Christian Pennisi. “At the same time, there has been an increase in EH technologies that can generate about 10mW from unlimited, excitable and external sources, while remaining robust and durable in a relatively small form.
“Although these applications have been somewhat basic so far, wide-ranging rotation-based solution opportunities are becoming available due to the development of smart cars as well as the 50 billion IoT, medical, consumer and fitness products that will be generating non-stop data worldwide by 2020. This entails the incorporation of battery power management systems that overcome the threat of intermittency and ensure that there is always enough power when needed. Toward this end, we are looking to perfect vibrational harvesting methods that minimize inconsistencies to ensure simplified installations.”
To dramatically emphasize the potential for EH technologies in these markets, Jennova showcased several applications utilizing their battery power management and vibrational harvesting technologies. In addition to illustrating how companies can maximize ROI, Jennova demonstrations included:
- EH modules connected to an EH boosting battery management circuit to show how the system can gather power at very low RPM from variable reluctance and vibration sensors
- Combination EH/battery units allowing sensor IoT arrays to operate in excess of 20 years without maintenance EH module technologies enabling use with systems like pumps cycling, HVAC units cycling, etc., where rotation or variable reluctance may be intermittent
- Battery management circuitry enabling the safe charging of high power lithium batteries (effective dumping of excess power) and safe battery turn off (protecting the IoT sensors)
- New patented Industrial and Wireless Diesel Tachometers, specifically designed to provide simple, self-powered solutions for generating tachometry readings from nearly any motor.
For more information ew EH technologies and the company’s demonstrations and presentations at Sensors Expo & Conference, visit http://www.jennova.com