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What if it was possible to harvest energy from any type of movement, fast or slow, regular or irregular? Enerbee has answered the challenge with a new breed of innovative microgenerators.
Each year, 30 billion button batteries are sold worldwide. Many could soon be replaced by self-powering wireless microgenerators that require no maintenance or replacement.
Founded in 2014, Enerbee has introduced a disruptive technology for harvesting energy from movement, even slow or irregular. The energy harvested is greater than that of conventional induction generators for movements of up to 10,000 rotations per minute (RPM). At 100 RPM, the energy is an impressive 100 times greater. Enerbee’s microgenerators, which combine piezoelectric and magnetic materials, were developed over three years with Leti and Grenoble Institute of Technology and are protected by five patents. Enerbee is housed at MINATEC and is supported by scientific advisors from Leti and the CNRS.
The company is targeting the home automation, access control, and connected objects markets. It is currently offering evaluation kits and plans to release its first products in 2016.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.