Energy Harvesting: a panel discussion

September 4, 2020 6:00 - 7:30

Location: Room 27B


Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace, driven by factors like economic growth and efficiency. The Internet, for example, has developed rapidly and provides an efficient way for data and information exchange, changing the ways we communicate, interact, and perform business. The Internet of Things (IoT) will be the Internet’s next evolution, relaxing its human-centricity, incorporating data and information transfer between devices, machines and systems without human interaction. This will result in billions of new connected devices, expected to entail disruptive and beneficial developments, such as automated industrial processes, smart cities and communities, as well as a better monitoring of the environment. These new devices will require electrical power, but many will not be able to connect to a central infrastructure for power delivery, requiring distributed solutions instead. Batteries are a potential solution, but pose a negative environmental impact when applied at large scale. A potential alternative, currently investigated, is for devices to extract and convert energy from sources in their environment. This approach, typically referred to as energy harvesting, enables devices to tap into ambient energy sources, such as motion, thermal gradients or electromagnetic waves, generating the electrical energy needed for their operation. The proposed panel, incorporating a pan-European board of experts in the field, will present in detail what energy harvesting is, where and when it can be used, and what research challenges are to be addressed in order to provide a sustainable power generation for the IoT and environmental monitoring via energy harvesting. The session will start with short introductory presentations by the panelists, introducing the technology and its applications in a wide variety of domains, followed by a moderated discussion between the panel and the audience.

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