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EnerHarv2018 proceedings

EnerHarv 2018 proceedings are available from the EnerHarv website

Announcing EnerHarv2020 – Building the ecosystem for Powering the Internet of Things

16-18 June 2020
ASSIST Center, North Carolina State University

PSMA and NCSU are pleased to announce the EnerHarv 2020 international workshop on energy harvesting and micro-power management will held from 16-18 June 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and hosted by NC State (North Carolina State University). The event will be managed by the Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at NCSU.

The mission remains unchanged from the inaugural EnerHarv 2018, to create 'a focal point for a community of experts and users of energy harvesting & related technologies to share knowledge, best practices, roadmaps, experiences and create opportunities for collaboration' primarily in the wireless IoT edge device sector EnerHarv 2018 was hailed as a major success indicating a clear need for a workshop of this nature to help build, grow, sustain, guide and inform the 'power IoT ecosystem.' As an exciting part of this announcement, we are pleased to also announce the full EnerHarv 2018 proceedings have now been made free and open to the public and can be found here:

EnerHarv was set up to help solve the 'trillion sensor challenge' of 2025, recognizing most of the world's IoT devices will require a portable power source such as a battery that needs to outlive the device that it powers. Although energy harvesting plays an important role, powering these devices is not just about energy harvesting (which is not always possible in many operational environments) but also embedding power management technologies that minimize the 'battery drain' and maximise the conversion and storage efficiencies. Furthermore, minimizing the power consumption of sensing, computation, and communication electronics plays a critical role.

EnerHarv 2018 showed the value in bringing a broad range of stakeholders to our ecosystem (e.g. packaging, software, industrial design) and the critical need to bring in end-users across multiple applications (building management, medical technologies, assisted living, environmental, conditional monitoring of equipment, systems, power supplies). These considerations strongly influenced the decision to host the event in the Raleigh/Durham area, where there is a hotbed of industrial and academic activity and a collaborative ecosystem is already in place.

EnerHarv 2018 demonstrated a need for technology and thought leadership in this sector and the potential benefits of emerging technologies, if properly guided and integrated. It cross connects not just suppliers and developers of power electronics components and systems but also demonstrates the power of collaboration when experts from power electronics, ICT and MEMS co-develop standardized, inter-operable and system optimized solutions for real life applications.

Attendees will learn of the many constituents of existing and emerging 'power IoT' solutions and how to apply these in a system-optimized way creating high impact solutions for a broader range of applications. Through networking, attending tutorials, panel sessions, viewing real life demos and participating in discussions, attendees will gain a step function increase in their knowledge and ability to develop/gain access to energy harvesting powered solutions. EnerHarv 2020 will also be supported by (i) CPSS, (ii) the EU EnABLES project,  which is already building an international 'power IoT' community comprising almost 300 academic and industry stakeholders ( and (iii) IEEE PELS, the largest power electronics professional society in the world under the biggest professional organization in the world.

EnerHarv 2020 will be chaired by Prof. Mehmet C. Ozturk, deputy director of the ASSIST Center. Brian Zahnstecher from PowerRox (representing PSMA) shall be co-chair. Technical chairs Mike Hayes from Tyndall and Shad Roundy from the University of Utah shall represent PSMA & ASSIST respectively.

In the next few weeks the EnerHarv 2020 committee will announce exciting keynotes and an outline agenda. Anyone interested in learning more or participating should contact either of the chairs below at

An opportunity not to be missed for anyone interested in 'powering the internet of things'

Provided by

Mehmet Ozturk,
NC State (General chair)

Brian Zahnstecher,
PowerRox (General co-chair)


The The EnerHarv2018 Workshop was an initiative created by the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee that addressed the opportunities to tap into the forecasted 1 trillion IoT device market projected for 2025 and the need for energy harvesting and micro-power management technology development to 'power the Internet of Things'.

EnerHarv chairs Mike Hayes & Brian Zahstecher thank sponsor PSMA and 
coordinator Áine Murphy Tyndall for their wonderful support 


Over 80 people attended this inaugural event, hosted by Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, one of Europe's leading industry-led IoT research centers, with over forty percent industry participation from companies in Europe, North America and Asia. According to attendees, the workshop more than lived up to its promise to create 'an ecosystem for experts and users of energy harvesting and related technologies to share knowledge, best practices, roadmaps, experiences and create opportunities for collaboration'. A key message from the workshop is that emerging technologies, if properly guided and integrated by our ecosystem and driven by the end users, will enable a dramatic penetration of energy harvesting and power management solutions into a broad range of applications

The Keynote speakers Yogesh Ramadass from Texas Instruments and Eric Yeatman from Imperial College London set the stage and inspired the audience by sharing their perspectives, some history and their applications led vision for powering the internet of things. This was followed by an outstanding line up of speakers on technology, applications and panel sessions from Analog Devices, Carnegie Mellon, ST Micro, Ilika, ARM, UNIST (Korea), Cambridge Display Technologies, Fraunhofer, IMTEK-University of Freiburg, Tyndall, MCCI, NCSU (North Carolina), Boston Scientific, Cap-XX, University of Southampton & United Technologies. One of the most unique and successful elements of EnerHarv2018 Workshop was the 16 demos from research and industry demonstrating many real life applications (e.g. wearables, asset tracking, condition monitoring, agri-tech) where energy harvesting solutions have already been developed. In addition, 19 posters were on display stimulating discussions, awareness and synergies between delegates. Ample time was allowed to enable the attendees to interact, learn, form partnership and be motivated and inspired to develop impactful solutions. The increase in the level of interaction between attendees was remarkable by the end of the workshop with a clear appetite for more events such as this. A testament to the interest levels and interest from the audience was the number of attendees that remained through to the afternoon sessions on the 3rd day and the level of stimulating audience participation in all sessions.

Yogesh Ramadass (TI) delivers opening keynote 

Presenters Dhiman Mallick (Tyndall), Ausrine Bartasyte (FEMTO-ST) & Jane Cornett (Analog Devices) at the transducer session
Alex Weddell (Univ. of Southampton/ARM) & Gerd vom Bögel (Fraunhofer IMS) in discussions at the live demo session

It’s lunchtime day 3 are we are all still here!
Joe Horzepa, PSMA’s Executive Director donates a copy of PSMA’s 2017 Technology Roadmap to Dr. Maeve Duffy, NUIG Galway, Ireland

We would like to take this opportunity to thank event sponsor and owner PSMA, host Tyndall, our technical sponsors (IEEE PELS, ECPE, CONNECT, How2Power and CPSS), presenters and session chairs, the EnerHarv2018 Workshop and PSMA Energy Harvesting Committees and all who he in putting such an inspiring and impactful workshop together.

Finally, EnerHarv2018 Workshop was only the first step in the creation of our ecosystem. The committee have released the proceedings to attendees and undertaken a survey to gather feedback on what went well, how future EnerHarv workshops can be improved in future in terms of content, structure, location, timing, etc. If you missed the EnerHarv2018 Workshop but would like to learn more or are interested in PSMA 'powering the internet of things' initiatives please visit or contact PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee chairs Mike Hayes ( or Brian Zahnstecher ( to learn more.

Provided by

General Chair
Mike Hayes, Tyndall National Institute

Technical Program Chair
Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox


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