At the recent Sensors Expo and Tradeshow 2011, MicroGen Systems, Inc. demonstrated the worlds first commercial MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS)-based Piezoelectric Vibrational Energy Harvester (PZEH) which operates at low relevant frequency and acceleration levels. MicroGen, a CleanTech Center portfolio company headquartered in Ithaca, New York, demonstrated it's BOLT 060 model PVEH, which vibrates at a frequency of 60Hz and an acceleration amplitude of 0.7 g. The BOLT 060 produces up to 200 microWatts and is composed of an extremely small silicon chip. How small you ask? Each silicon chip is 1 centimeter squared or smaller!
MicroGen has teamed up with Infinite Power Solutions, a Littleton Colorado producer of thin-film micro-energy storage cells to produce a complete wireless sensor board. Infinite Power Solution's IPS-EVAL-EH-01 is a universal energy harvesting evaluation kit that accepts energy from a wide array of energy harvesting transducers and stores the energy in a micro-energy storage cell the size of a postage stamp with virtually no energy lost. With the technologies combined, the companies have created a reliable vibration harvesting power supply solution that can operate for decades without the need for maintenance.
To learn more about MicroGen visit http://www.microgensystems.com/.
To learn more about Infinite Power Solutions visit http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com/.