Lightricity and SoftServe Partner on Solar Energy Harvesting Applications

May 17, 2019 by Scott McMahan

Lightricity and SoftServe announced a partnership to bring solar energy harvesting technology to electronic devices. As a partner, SoftServe says it will use power harvesting techniques to create solutions to make electronic devices more power efficient and prolong their lifetimes and make maintenance easier.

"There are numerous sources of energy all around us, yet we still commonly use conventional batteries to power devices we use every day," said Vladyslav Tsybulnyk, R&D principal at SoftServe. "Through our partnership with Lightricity, we are meeting future demands for more innovative approaches to environment-friendly and durable methods to power electronics—such as energy harvesting from indoor light."

The companies anticipate that the development of alternative power sources will bring significant advances in the application of common devices as well as in innovative solutions.

For example, consumers could employ battery-free devices that are powered using indoor light, prolonging the life of common devices such as watches and mobile phones.

With Lightricity's technology, higher energy density than competing energy harvesting solutions can eliminate the need for batteries for compact, maintenance free solutions electronic devices including IoT and sensing solutions.

Lightricity says that high power, reduced size, as well as sleek and black designs deliver greater functionality and offer seamless integration into wearable devices.

"Lightricity's technology is an obvious alternative to using mains power or primary batteries for IoT devices typically operating with AAA or coin cell batteries," said Mathieu Bellanger, technical director of Lightricity. "Under 1000 lux illumination (a well-lit supermarket for example), only 2 cm2 of Lightricity's Energy Harvester can produce the equivalent of 30 CR2032 batteries over 10 years product lifetime, which is up to six times more than conventional PV energy harvesting technologies."

Lightricity's technology was originally developed from 2012 at SHARP Laboratories in Oxford, UK. Lightricity Ltd. was then founded in 2017 to further develop and enhance its industry-leading energy harvesting technology, building on its 50-year legacy in solar energy.