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What Is Energy Harvesting?

8 May 2023

Harnessing the Power of Ambient Energy: The Future with ESCOM Enhanced Solutions

Hello, digital enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the world of energy harvesting, a game-changing concept that's set to revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond. And leading the charge in this exciting field is a company that's no stranger to innovation: ESCOM Enhanced Solutions.

Energy Harvesting: The Power of the Future

So, what exactly is energy harvesting? This innovative process, also known as energy scavenging or ambient power, involves capturing and converting energy from our surroundings into electricity. This energy can be used immediately or stored for future use. It's all about making the most of the small amounts of ambient energy that would otherwise be wasted - think heat, vibration, light, and more.

While energy harvesting is still in its early stages, it's showing incredible promise for powering low-power electronics. And with the IoT market expanding at an unprecedented rate, the potential for this technology is truly enormous.

Ambient Energy: An Untapped Resource

Ambient energy is essentially the energy that's all around us, often going to waste. It could be in the form of light, heat, sound, or vibration. By harnessing and storing this energy, we can power our electronics and contribute to a more sustainable future. It's a win-win situation!

Leading the Charge: ESCOM Enhanced Solutions

ESCOM Enhanced Solutions is at the forefront of this technological revolution. They're developing applications that run without any need for batteries or cables, harnessing ambient energy to create a more sustainable and efficient future. It's a game-changer for the industry and a testament to the power of innovation.

Types of Energy Harvesting

There are several common sources of ambient energy that can be harnessed:

Light Energy

Light energy is commonly harvested using photovoltaic cells (PV cells), which convert light energy directly into electricity. However, these cells can be expensive. As an alternative, ESCOM Enhanced Solutions uses LEDs and photodiodes to harness light energy, providing energy for low-power devices such as IoT edge-devices.

Kinetic Energy

Kinetic energy is harvested using piezoelectric transducers, which produce electricity from kinetic energy in the form of vibrations, sounds, or movements. ESCOM Enhanced Solutions has developed various applications for piezoelectric harvesting, including pressure sensors on car tires, batteryless remote control units, and piezoelectric floor tiles.

Thermal Energy

Thermal energy harvesting is based on the Seebeck Effect, where a temperature difference at the junction between two semiconductors/conductors gives rise to a voltage. ESCOM Enhanced Solutions utilizes this principle to power wireless sensor nodes in industrial settings and other high-temperature environments where large amounts of heat are lost.

RF Energy

RF energy is all around us, broadcasted into the environment by mobile phones and other electronic devices. ESCOM Enhanced Solutions uses Wireless Energy Harvesting (WEH) to tap into this "free energy." RF waves are picked up through an antenna, causing a potential difference across its length. This energy is then converted into a stable DC current which is used to power sensors or stored in a capacitor.

ESCOM Enhanced Solutions: Innovative Products for a Sustainable Future

ESCOM Enhanced Solutions offers a range of patented products that leverage the power of energy harvesting. Here's a quick look at some of their innovative solutions:

VaRoM: Valve Rotation Monitoring

VaRoM is a world-first patented technology for monitoring the valve rotation conditions of internal combustion engines. It provides continuous and reliable monitoring of valve rotation speeds and temperatures, minimizing the risk of engine malfunction and costly repairs.

CoRoM: Connecting Rod Monitoring

CoRoM is a wireless and batteryless sensing system that monitors and collects data on the temperature of the engine connecting rod upper bearing shell and the lubrication oil temperature of the piston. It's a prime example of how ESCOM Enhanced Solutions uses energy harvesting capabilities to enhance industrial monitoring.

WiT-es: Wireless Batteryless Temperature Sensor

WiT-es is a patented, self-powered, wireless temperature sensor for industrial applications. It eliminates the need for batteries, wiring, and tedious maintenance while providing accurate, real-time monitoring in power plants, chemical facilities, refineries, and more.

WiPr-es: Wireless Batteryless Pressure Sensor

WiPr-es is a patented, self-powered, wireless pressure sensor for industrial applications. It eliminates the need for batteries, wiring, and tedious maintenance while providing accurate, real-time monitoring in power plants, chemical facilities, refineries, and more.

SoPeM: Solar Panel Efficiency Monitoring

SoPeM continuously monitors the working efficiency of each solar panel in facilities where solar panels are used. The panel instantly measures the power output and transmits the measured value to the SCADA system without using any wire connection. While doing this, it takes its own energy from the panel it is connected to.

AiM: Air Quality Monitoring

AiM is an indoor air quality measurement system. It monitors Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Air Quality and CO2 levels without battery and maintenance. With the receiver module, it is possible to monitor the data on the screen or via the web interface.

Wi-CaM: Wireless Charging and Monitoring

Wi-CaM is a versatile wireless charging and monitoring solution for self-powered sensors like WiT-es & WiPr-es. It enables efficient initial commissioning and energy harvesting when fluid temperature is insufficient, charges the sensor in just 1-2 seconds, and offers real-time monitoring.

Wi-Gate: Wireless Gateway

Wi-Gate is a wireless gateway for WiT-es & WiPr-es sensors, transmitting data to PLC and SCADA systems. It supports RS485, Modbus, Profibus, Wi-Fi, and BLE communication, with a 30dBm transmission power and capacity for 128 MAC addresses, offering a reliable and scalable solution for wireless sensing applications.

Wi-CoRe: Wireless Control Relay

Wi-CoRe is a wireless control relay designed to work with WiT-es & WiPr-es sensors, switching according to the received temperature information. It features adjustable upper and lower limits for set and alarm values, a minimum 500ms sampling time, a 220V supply voltage, a 0-20mA output, and two NO/NC relay outputs (10A).

With these innovative products, ESCOM Enhanced Solutions is truly revolutionizing the way we think about energy. By harnessing the power of ambient energy, they're paving the way for a more sustainable and efficient future. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in this space!


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