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First battery-free cell phone makes calls by harvesting ambient power

First battery-free cell phone makes calls by harvesting ambient power

Jul 6, 2017 1 United States
Researchers have invented a cell phone that requires no batteries — a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light.
Energy harvesting smart street in London

Energy harvesting smart street in London

Jul 5, 2017 United Kingdom
Visitors will be able to enjoy a traffic-free shopping and dining experience in an environment showcasing the latest in sustainable technologies. Bird Street are partnering with a host of tech visionaries including Pavegen who manufactures an award-winning electricity and data generating flooring technology.
Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitors

Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitors

Jul 5, 2017 China
To make supercapacitors fit for future electrics demands like, for example, wearables and paper electronics researchers are searching for ways to endow them with mechanical flexibility.
Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter

Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter

Jul 4, 2017 United States
Smart windows equipped with controllable glazing can augment lighting, cooling and heating systems by varying their tint, saving up to 40 percent in an average building's energy costs.
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Jul 3, 2017 United States
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust.
Electricity generating gym made from recycled aerosol cans

Electricity generating gym made from recycled aerosol cans

Jun 30, 2017 United Kingdom
Fixtures such as the spinning bike or cross trainer can light up the central rig meaning that exercise enthusiasts of any ability can compete against one another to produce the most power and illuminate their surroundings.
Creating Smart Cities: Solar Tree to charge your phone & provide WiFi

Creating Smart Cities: Solar Tree to charge your phone & provide WiFi

Jun 29, 2017
VTree is building a solar future base on three powerful concepts: solar energy, internet and great design.
Screen-printed batteries for renewables on the way

Screen-printed batteries for renewables on the way

Jun 29, 2017 Australia
Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality.
Webinar Tuesday 11 July - Encapsulation of Flexible Electronics

Webinar Tuesday 11 July - Encapsulation of Flexible Electronics

Jun 28, 2017 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 11th July titled Encapsulation of Flexible Electronics: to TFE or not to TFE?
Large area printed flexible lighting

Large area printed flexible lighting

Jun 28, 2017
PrintoCent Innovation Center commercializes the research results of Printed Intelligence and Optical Measurements.
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Jennova Inc Discusses energy harvesting at IDTechEx Sensors Conference

Jennova Inc Discusses energy harvesting at IDTechEx Sensors Conference

Jun 28, 2017 3 United States
Terry Pennisi, CEO and founder of Jennova Inc, a specialist in smart energy management solutions, recently highlighted the latest wave of "Electrodynamic Energy Harvesting: Methods, Opportunities, and A Way Forward" with hundreds of attendees participating in the IDTechEx Sensors Conference in Berlin, Germany.
New solar array, historically low price

New solar array, historically low price

Jun 27, 2017 United States
Tucson Electric Power will buy solar energy at a historically low price from a new local system large enough to power 21,000 homes.
Moisture-responsive 'robots' crawl with no external power source

Moisture-responsive 'robots' crawl with no external power source

Jun 27, 2017 United States
Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power.
From automated to cognitive: A brief history of building automation

From automated to cognitive: A brief history of building automation

Jun 26, 2017
Cognitive buildings is not just the latest buzzword, it feels like a most natural evolution of what we think of today as a move towards smarter buildings.