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Wireless Power for Remote Monitoring

September 27th, 2011

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Powercast recently presented (09/21/2011) at the Remote Monitoring & Control Conference in Nashville, TN. The cost of installing wiring can range from $200 per device to >$1000 per foot in some industrial environments. In either case, wireless power transmission over distance using RF energy can potentially be a suitable alternative to running wires or replacing batteries.

Conference overview | Powercast presentation (PDF)

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Electronic Products - RF Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power

August 31st, 2011

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An article by Powercast titled “RF Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power” was published by Electronic Products.

“The market growth of low-power wireless devices particularly sensors is driving tremendous interest in using energy sources that can power the devices autonomously. The cost of running wires and the future cost of replacing batteries have discouraged users from widely deploying a verity sensor-based devices.

While solar has been widely used for years to power remote devices, several other types of energy-harvesting approaches have emerged for micro-power applications including vibration, thermal, mechanical, and RF. Of these technologies, RF energy is the only one that can provide either an intentional or ambient power source for wire-free or battery-free applications.”

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RF Energy Harvesting Perpetually Powers Wireless Sensors

July 31st, 2011

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Both ECN and Wireless Design & Development (WD&D) have published a recent article by Powercast titled “RF energy Harvesting Perpetually Powers Wireless Sensors”, which looks at using broadcasted RF energy as a reliable long-term power source for battery-less wireless sensors.

Read more at EDN | Read more at WD&D

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Powercast demonstrates wireless charging of credit card size smart cards

June 28th, 2011

RF Energy Harvesting Smart Card

Powercast exhibited at the Sensors Expo 2011 and demonstrated using RF energy harvesting to wirelessly charge credit card size devices. The devices are representative of high function, rechargeable smart cards and contained rechargeable thin-film batteries - CYMBET EnerChip, Infinite Power Solutions THINERGY, and STMicroelectronics EnerFilm.

The video below shows the rechargeable smart card devices receiving charge from an RF transmitter. The transmitter was on the floor under the table.

For more wireless power videos visit Powercast’s channel on YouTube.

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Powercast Releases Battery-less, Wireless-powered Sensor System for Building and Industrial Automation

April 20th, 2011

Powercast has released a battery-less, wirelessly-powered sensor system for building and industrial automation - the Lifetime Power® Wireless Sensor System.  The sensor units can be powered at a range of 60-80 feet (18-24 m) from Powercast’s 3W, 915MHz transmitter (TX91501).  The initial sensor unit is for temperature and humidity and is to be followed by other types such as CO2, light, and motion.

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Powercast Lifetime Power® Wireless Sensor System

The access point (WSG-101 BAS gateway) supports up to 100 sensors and 800 sensor points for large-scale and high-density deployment of sensors.  The sensors are battery-free and operate when sufficient charge is stored to take sensor readings and send a data packet.  Wireless communication from the sensor nodes to the access point is 2.4GHz using industry-standard 802.15.4 radios.  The BAS gateway supports several physical interfaces and a range of BAS protocols to interface with nearly every major type of wired BAS network, including BACnet, Modbus, Metasys N2, and LonWorks.

The system was developed based on the same core technology as the Powercast P2110 Powerharvester receiver and the P2110-EVAL-01 Energy Harvesting Development Kit, both of which are available for other sensor OEMs to embed Powercast’s technology into their own products.

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Design News Reviews Powercast P2110-EVAL-01 RF Energy Harvesting Development Kit

January 27th, 2011

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As announced back in October 2010, Powercast released a development kit to showcase using RF energy for remotely powering battery-free wireless sensors. Jon Titus of Design News was gracious enough to review the kit and gave Powercast ratings of 5 out of 5 in all four areas of the review: Ease of Set-up, Quality and Clarity of Documentation, Overall Experience, and Meets Expectations.

The article is titled “Kit Harvests RF Energy” and we appreciate the subtitle “Engineers who must implement low-power devices that cannot run on local power need this kit from Powercast Corp.”

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The components in the kit enable wireless and battery-free operation of the sensor nodes at a distance of 40-45 feet (13-15 meters). Each sensor board can measure temperature, humidity, light, and an external sensor. This can be used for a number of applications including building automation, energy management and industrial monitoring. Power is provided by Powercast’s new 3W transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID), which also sends factory-set data. The P2110 Powerharvester receiver converts the RF energy from the receiving antenna and stores it into a capacitor, which is then boosted to operate the wireless sensor board. The Microchip XLP 16-bit Development Board with the 802.15.4 radio is the access point.

Product Link | Press Release

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Powercast P2110 Harvests Ambient RF Energy from iPhone for Battery-Free Wireless Sensors

January 6th, 2011

In an earlier post we demonstrated an iPhone powering LEDs in close proximity using Powercast’s RF energy harvesting technology.

The video below demonstrates the use of a standard iPhone in 2G mode to generate RF energy that is used to power a battery-free wireless sensor node. The sensor node is part of Powercast’s Lifetime Power (TM) Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Senors (P2110-EVAL-01), the receiving board is based on the P2110 Powerharvester Receiver, and the antenna was slightly modified from it’s original tuning for 915MHz.

The wireless sensor node was designed by Powercast and Microchip for ultra-low power operation.  At a distance of 2 feet from the iPhone packets are transmitted from node every every 1-2 seconds.  As this video shows, mobile phones can be a practical, portable source of wireless power for a wide range of applications.

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Powercast Selected for EDN Hot 100 Products of 2010

December 21st, 2010

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Powercast’s TX91501 Powercaster transmitter was selected by EDN for the Hot 100 Products of 2010. This transmitter sends both power and data for remote powering/charging in conjunction with Powercast’s P1110 or P2110 Powerharvester receivers.

Broadcasted RF energy creates a predictable, controllable power source to provide power-over-distance and one-to-many charging.  Unlike potentially unreliable or intermittent solar, heat or vibration micro-power energy sources, the TX91501 transmitter sends power to enable wireless devices to charge and operate completely untethered from the power source, and power can be sent on-demand, scheduled, or continuously.  End-devices can be inherently dormant, with zero-standby power, until power is sent to operate the device, or batteries can be trickle-charged remotely.  The operating distance for wireless power transfer (wireless charging) from the TX91501 transmitter to a device with the P2110 Powerharvester Receiver is about 40 feet with a reasonable size receiving antenna.

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Powercast Debuts RF Energy Harvesting Kit for Wireless Battery Charging

November 21st, 2010

Powercast, with the support of Infinite Power Solutions, has released the Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Battery Charging. This kit provides long-range, wireless trickle charging of battery-based systems for low-power applications. The kit features the THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell from Infinite Power Solutions (IPS), and also supports traditional rechargeable batteries including Lithium Ion, Alkaline, and Ni-MH, as well as other solid-state/thin-film batteries.
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Components of the kit include:

  • 915MHz, 3 watt Power+Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • P2110 Evaluation Boards (P2110-EVB)
  • 6dBi directional antenna
  • 1dBi omni-directional antenna
  • Battery charging board (BAT-EVAL-01)
  • THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell Evaluation Card
  • Cable for connecting to THINERGY® ADP
  • TI eZ430-RF2500 wireless development tool

The components in the kit enable wireless battery charging at a distance of 40-45 feet (13-15 meters). The charging board can directly charge a THINERGY Micro-Energy Cell or connect to the THINERGY ADP. This can be used for a number of applications including building automation, energy management and industrial monitoring. Power is provided by Powercast’s new 3W transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID), which also sends factory-set data. The P2110 Powerharvester receiver converts the RF energy from the receiving antenna and stores it into a capacitor, which is then boosted as a regulated output to pulse-charge a battery.

Product Listing | User’s Manual | Press Release

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Microchip and Powercast Release RF Energy Harvesting Kit for Battery-Free Wireless Sensors

November 4th, 2010

Powercast, with the development support of Microchip, has released the Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors.  This kit provides wireless power for remote, battery-free wireless sensor networks (WSN).

p2110-eval-01The kit (part number P2110-EVAL-01)  includes the following items:
1 - 3W Powercaster Transmitter - 915MHz (TX91501-3W-ID)
2 - P2110 Evaluation Board (P2110-EVB)
2 - Directional, patch antennas - 915MHz
2 - Omni-directional dipole antennas - 915MHz
2 - Wireless Sensor Boards (WSN-EVAL-01)
1 - Microchip XLP 16-bit Development Board
1 - Microchip 802.15.4, 2.4GHz radio
1 - PICkit programmer/debugger

The components in the kit enable wireless and battery-free operation of the sensor nodes at a distance of 40-45 feet (13-15 meters).  Each sensor board can measure temperature, humidity, light, and an external sensor. This can be used for a number of applications including building automation, energy management and industrial monitoring.  Power is provided by Powercast’s new 3W transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID), which also sends factory-set data.  The P2110 Powerharvester receiver converts the RF energy from the receiving antenna and stores it into a capacitor, which is then boosted to operate the wireless sensor board.  The Microchip XLP 16-bit Development Board with the 802.15.4 radio is the access point.

Product Link | Press Release

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