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North America and Europe aexpected to be fast adopters for energy harvesting technologies
Innovations in Energy Harvesting Technologies (Technical Insights) - a new market research report on 2014-04-30 09:17:01
Widescale adoption of energy harvesting technology would take some time as the battery market is quite established and it is difficult to change the end user mind-set. There are various industries, where energy harvesting is making inroads; and for some of them the technology has already in use.
For example, the building and home automation industry has adopted this technology.IP activity has increased since 2010 and has been considerably high in the last 4 years. Major focus is on photovoltaic technology as it promises to have the widest application coverage. North America and Europe are expected to be comparatively fast adopters and major markets for energy harvesting technologies.
APAC region would experience relatively slow adoption. Funding has been focussed on specific applications in the past few years. The EU 7th Framework Programme has been funding a lot of research and commercialisation activities with both industry and academic participants.The primary benefit of energy harvesting technologie is eliination of batteries. Thus, energy harvesting technologies are actual enablers of the wireless sensor network and this capability is allowing energy harvesting to find applications in building and home automation, industrial, automotive, healthcare, military & defense, consumer electronics and environmental industries.
Convergence with ICT and wireless sensors holds maximum potential in the near- to mid-term. It will enable a host of IoT applications and building energy management solutions. Energy harvesting is perceived to have a strong impact on several mega trends. Key mega trends are connectivity and convergence, health, wellness and well-being, "smart" is the new green and future infrastructure development.A number of EH technologies are being researched by leading universities across the world and companies are also coming up with new products to tap the energy harvesting market. Regulatory & standardization bodies and alliances are accelerating the energy harvesting adoption process.
Energy harvesting has high potential in various markets as it is a key enabling technology for low-power, maintenance-free electronic devices Key markets for energy harvesting include automotive, utility, industrial, military and aerospace, and building automation, and so on.
Energy Harvesting technology makes use of existing ambient energy sources to power devices. This energy can be used for low-power applications and stored in a battery for future use. Micro energy harvesting systems generate electrical energy from various sources, such as solar, vibration, thermal, and human movements. Key types of energy harvesting techniques include photovoltaic, piezoelectric, thermoelectric, magnetic induction, electrostatic, RF. Battery powered devices have the inherent challenge of regular maintenance, which has hindered the growth of various technologies such as wireless sensor networks, ubiquitous monitoring, and so on.
Energy harvesting can prolong the usage of battery powered devices; and in case of lower power requirements could become the sole power Energy harvesting is enabling wider adoption of wireless sensor networks, where it acts as a key enabling technology. Key opportunities lie in diverse applications, such as wireless sensor networks, homeland security, defence, aerospace, automotive, environmental monitoring, consumer electronics, medical (for example, health monitoring devices, implantable medical devices).

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