Epishine adds Nanopower to power indoor solar cell

Epishine adds Nanopower to power indoor solar cell

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By Nick Flaherty

Epishine has signed a deal with Nanopower Semi around an ultra low power controller chip.

This follows deals with low power microcontroller startup  Onio and Powerfilm Solar in the US.

Nanopower has developed the sub-threshold nPZero chip which can operate the entire system without an active host such as an MCU, processor, or wireless SoC. It can take over the controller role and manage peripherals like sensors, and later hand the controller role back to the host based on user-configurable rules with a power consumption as low as 75nW. This enables the power-hungry host to be completely shut down while keeping functions and responsiveness intact.

The chip, developed with backing from the EU’s European Innovation Council (EIC) is set to launch in coming weeks. The company has engineering in Norway and Portugal. 

Epishine’s printed indoor solar cells present a smarter way to power electronics, allowing for maintenance-free and sustainable self-powered devices. The integration of these solar cells with Nanopower’s nPZero chip sets new standards for energy efficiency.

The power management of the nPZero chip, coupled with the ability for devices to remain responsive in low power modes and wake up based on schedules or specific events, ensures that IoT devices powered by Epishine’s solar cells and Nanopower’s chips offer unprecedented battery life and monitoring capabilities.

This integration not only extends operational life but also preserves all critical functions.

“Epishine is thrilled to partner with Nanopower. Their energy efficient solutions are precisely what’s needed for smart solutions of the future. Our combined efforts align with the new era of energy efficient IoT solutions, ensuring longer operational life and sustainable solutions,” said Niklas Forsgren, Head of Product Integration at Epishine.

“The collaboration with Epishine aligns perfectly with our vision. Nanopower represents a leap forward in low-power technology, enabling more sustainable and cost-effective IoT applications suitable for cutting-edge energy harvesting solutions such as Epishine’s indoor solar cells,” stated Tore Irgens Kuhnle, CEO at Nanopower.;


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