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

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

The inaugural EnerHarv2018 International Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Micro-Power Management, was hailed as a major success with participants (and indeed those who missed it!) eagerly asking 'when is the next EnerHarv?' PSMA is now pleased to provide the answer to this, announcing that EnerHarv2020 will held from 16-18 June 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and will be proudly hosted by Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST),  at North Carolina State University (NCSU). From EnerHarv2018 we saw the value in bringing a broader range of stakeholders to our ecosystem (e.g. packaging, software, industrial design) and the critical need to bring in more end users across multiple applications (building management, medical technologies, assisted living, environmental, conditional monitoring of equipment, systems, power supplies). This strongly influenced our decision to host the event in the Raleigh/Durham area, where there is already a hotbed of industrial and academic activity and a collaborative, existing ecosystem in place via the ASSIST Center.

As for EnerHarv2018 the mission remains unchanged, 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.' It 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. The ecosystem has grown substantially since the last event to increasingly address the challenges of powering 1 trillion sensors the world will have by 2025, offering unprecedented growth opportunities for developers and integrators of power electronics parts and systems.

The workshop will mainly (but not exclusively) be dedicated to making portable power sources last longer for ultra-low power IoT edge devices. Ideally, devices can be powered indefinitely using energy harvesting, where ambient energies are available, but at the very least embedding technologies that minimize the power consumption and maximize the conversion efficiencies.

Moving the event to the US this time shall make it more accessible to many more on the user/implementer side of the industry o compliment the healthy representation from the supply side Attendees will learn of the many constituents of an existing, energy harvesting/micro-power management product ecosystem and how to apply these products to their application requirements in a system optimized way.  They will also learn valuable information to drive optimal design execution and address common pain points in bringing a variety of products to market which will enable a dramatic penetration of energy harvesting solutions into a broader range of applications.

Through networking, attending tutorials, viewing real life demos and participating in discussions, developers will gain a step function increase in their knowledge and ability to develop/gain access to energy harvesting powered solutions. The workshop will demonstrate examples of successful energy harvesting products already created via synergies between the energy harvesting source and the load demand developers.

EnerHarv2020 will be supported by the EU EnABLES project (No. 730957), which is already building an international 'power IoT' community comprising almost 300 academic and industry stakeholders and already seed funding feasibility studies and providing free of charge access to expertize and facilities across leading research institutes in Europe.  Numerous other, sponsoring organizations shall be announced following along the tradition set by EnerHarv2018.

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

In future newsletters we will provide further details on the event including the organizing and technical committees, sponsors, outline program an initial speaker line up. In the interim, if you would like to learn more or get involved please contact the PSMA Energy Harvesting committee co-chairs Mike Hayes (General Chair, michael.hayes@tyndall.ie) or Brian Zahnstecher (Technical Chair, bz@powerrox.com).

Provided by PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs

Mike Hayes, Tyndall National Institute
Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox

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 www.EnerHarv.com or contact PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee chairs Mike Hayes (michael.hayes@tyndall.ie) or Brian Zahnstecher (bz@powerrox.com) to learn more.

Provided by

General Chair
Mike Hayes, Tyndall National Institute

Technical Program Chair
Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox

 

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