Sequans, e-Peas demo battery-less, energy-harvest IoT

January 12, 2021 //By Peter Clarke
Sequans, e-Peas demo battery-less, energy-harvest IoT
Fabless chip company Sequans Communications SA and energy-harvest pioneer e-Peas SA have demonstrated energy harvesting applied to a cellular communications IoT module.

The demo combines e-Peas’ AEM10941 energy harvesting IC with Sequans' Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform and the companies claim that it can operate indefinitely without batteries.

The e-Peas AEM10941 IC transferring energy from a photovoltaic harvester to a storage element and then to Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT module where it powers a sensor device measuring power, light, and humidity.

In a typical application, such as in farming or industry, device sensors collect data while the lighting environment is loading the capacitor. With the combination of the e-peas AEM10941 IC and Sequans’ Monarch module, the collected data can be sent up to eight times a day, with no need of batteries using a 15 square centimeter indoor PV cell under 500 Lux, making the devices completely energy self-sufficient and CO2 neutral.

Sequans and e-peas are offering a reference design with schematics for IoT companies, enabling them to design and build their own connected IoT devices using energy harvesting technology.

Related links and articles:

www.sequans.com

www.e-peas.com

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