e-peas in strategic deal for battery free connected devices

e-peas in strategic deal for battery free connected devices

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By Nick Flaherty

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Belgian energy harvesting chip designer e-peas has signed a strategic deal with Ambient Photonics in the US for solar-powered connected devices.

Combining Ambient’s low-cost indoor solar cells with the e-peas power management integrated circuits (PMICs) can eliminate disposable batteries in connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The two will jointly optimize, go-to-market, and fully support equipment produced by partners. Both companies say they target mass production price points for the world’s leading global electronics manufacturers. 

Ambient is a spin off from the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in Massachusetts and has designed 40 new organic sensitizer molecules. These are used to create proprietary dyes tuned for low light conditions for more efficient dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). These dyes can harvest photons from across the light spectrum, providing over 900 mV open circuit voltage at light levels as low as 200 lux, twice the operating voltage of conventional DSSC solar cells often used for indoor energy harvesting.

e-peas also has been working with Swedish indoor solar cell producer Epishine on similar reference designs for connected devise.

“Our partnership with e-peas builds upon years of high-level collaboration and a mutual commitment to driving a sustainability revolution in the connected market,” said Bates Marshall, CEO and Co-founder of Ambient Photonics. “The combination of our respective technologies promises to convert more clean energy from indoor light into power for connected devices than any other solution on the market.” 

“This partnership solidifies our mutual commitment to innovating the next generation of electronics in support of our manufacturing clients,” said Geoffroy Gosset, CEO and Co-founder of e-peas. “By working with the Ambient team to bring transformative power management solutions to market, we are creating a new blueprint for energizing sustainable, connected devices.”

Ambient has also worked with Taiwanese ODM Chicony on a battery free solar powered mechanical keyboard built with recycled materials. A prototype of the keyboard will be on display at the IFA show in Berlin over the coming weekend.

“We chose Ambient Photonics as our keyboard power partner because we can seamlessly integrate their unique, high-density solar PV cells into our products. With Ambient, our team can build a truly elegant and sustainable keyboard without compromising on design, functionality or features,” said Layro Chen, Vice President of R&D Division, Input Device BU of Chicony.

Ambient Photonics and Chicony are working to enable customers to bring this new product to market in early 2024.

“Together with Chicony, we are designing the world’s most sustainable keyboard,” said Marshall. “Our goal is to create a fundamentally different class of PC accessory that is powered by the light that surrounds us – and not by disposable batteries that all too often become e-waste in our landfills.”;

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