CES 2015: EnOcean shows Energy Harvesting Wireless Power for Connected Homes
EnOcean demonstrates batteryless wireless Internet of Things sensors and switches operated by kinetic and solar energy
Salt Lake City, UT/Las Vegas, NV – November 26, 2014
At the 2015 International CES (Las Vegas, January 6-9) visitors can experience the future of a self-powered Internet of Things. At booth Sands – 74876, EnOcean, the world leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, will showcase batteryless solutions for an intelligently connected home powering sub 1 GHz and 2.4 GHz radio communication. The innovative technology collects free energy from the surrounding environment, for example from linear motion, pressure, light or differences in temperature. Miniaturized energy harvesters convert this into electrical energy to power switches and sensors without wires and batteries.
The maintenance-free devices enable users to seamlessly interact with their homes without worrying about service effort or battery disposal. With the act of pressing a switch, the user activates an electromechanical energy converter using the principle of kinetic motion. Other devices such as temperature, humidity and light sensors integrate miniaturized solar cells, harvesting indoor light as a power source. Both energy harvesting technologies generate enough energy for wireless signals and measurements.
Batteryless power for sub 1 GHz radio
EnOcean’s self-powered wireless sensor modules are already widely used in the building automation and smart home sectors based on a large ecosystem of products. Operating in the sub 1 GHz ISM frequency band (ISO/IEC 14543-3-10), the devices offer robustness of transmission through walls, minimal interferences and long-range communication up to 100 feet in buildings. The self-powered devices are perfectly suited to build a smart home network controlling lighting, HVAC, security or energy consumption while offering high flexibility and reliable, maintenance-free operation.
Batteryless power for 2.4 GHz radio
Besides the sub 1 GHz solutions, visitors to CES 2015 can also see energy harvesting wireless technology powering radio communication in the worldwide opened 2.4 GHz frequency band (IEEE 802.15.4) to meet specific market demands such as consumer LED lighting control. The 2.4 GHz kinetic switch is the ideal fit for domestic LED lighting systems. It is the missing link between the LED bulb and the user, whenever the use of a smart phone app is not possible or is inconvenient. It brings flexibility and accessibility to the home, never runs out of power and avoids battery waste.
“Energy harvesting wireless technology is a unique clean-tech, which frees switches and sensors from wires and batteries. It is the only environmentally friendly technology that can realize billions of connected objects, enabling a sustainable Internet of Things,” says Dr. Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean. “We are proud to present our self-powered technology at CES for the first time. Self-powered switches and sensors ideally emphasize the lifestyle of today’s consumers, providing innovation and comfort based on a green principle.”
For more information on EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless technology, visit CES 2015, Sands – 74876, or www.enocean.com.
EnOcean is the originator of patented energy harvesting wireless technology. Headquartered in Oberhaching, near Munich, the company manufactures and markets energy harvesting wireless modules for use in building, smart home and industrial applications as well as in further application fields such as the Internet of Things. EnOcean technology combines miniaturized energy converters with ultra-low-power electronics and robust RF communication. For more than 10 years, leading product manufacturers have chosen wireless modules from EnOcean to enable their system ideas. EnOcean is a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of companies from the world's building sector that has set itself the aim of creating innovative solutions for sustainable buildings. Self-powered wireless technology from EnOcean has been successfully deployed in several hundreds of thousands buildings worldwide. The EnOcean wireless protocol is standardized internationally as ISO/IEC 14543-3-10, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting.
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