5-7 April 2022
ASSIST Center, North Carolina State University
"Building the Ecosystem for Powering the Internet of Things"
The inaugural, EnerHarv2018 International Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Micro-Power Management, created by the PSMA Energy Harvesting committee, was hailed as a major success. Participants (and indeed those who missed it!) have been eagerly and persistently asking "when is the next EnerHarv?" Initial plans were to make it a biennial event, and EnerHarv 2020 was scheduled to be held in Raleigh North Carolina, USA, hosted by North Carolina State University (NCSU), but this was put on ice due to COVID-19. After a long wait we now pleased to announce that EnerHarv2022 will held from 5th to 7th April 2022, retaining the same host and venue. EnerHarv2018 showed the value in bringing a broader range of stakeholders to our ecosystem (e.g. packaging, software, industrial design) and the critical need to bring in more end users across multiple applications including building management, medical technologies, assisted living, environmental, conditional monitoring of equipment, systems, power supplies. This strongly influenced our decision to host the event in the Raleigh/Durham area which is a hotbed of industrial and academic activity and has a collaborative ecosystem already in place via the ASSIST Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies that is hosted by NCSU.
The mission remains unchanged from EnerHarv 2018, to create "a focal point for a community of experts and users of energy harvesting & related technologies to share knowledge, best practices, roadmaps, experiences and create opportunities for collaboration." The 2018 workshop demonstrated a need for technology and thought leadership in this sector and the potential benefits of emerging technologies, if properly guided and integrated. It cross connects not just suppliers and developers of power electronics components and systems but also demonstrates the value of collaboration when experts from power electronics, ICT and MEMS co-develop standardized, inter-operable and system optimized solutions for real life applications. To date the ecosystem has already grown substantially, addressing the challenge of powering one trillion sensors that the world will have by 2025 which offers unprecedented growth opportunities for developers and integrators of power electronics parts and systems.
EnerHarv 2022 will mainly (but not exclusively) be dedicated to making portable power sources last longer for ultra-low power IoT edge devices. Ideally, devices can be powered indefinitely by using energy harvesting, where ambient energies are available, but at the very least embedding technologies that will minimize the power consumption and maximize the conversion efficiencies.
Workshop attendees will learn of the many constituents of an existing, energy harvesting/micro-power management product ecosystem and how to apply these products to their application requirements in a system optimized way. They will also learn valuable information to drive optimal design execution and address common pain points in bringing a variety of products to market will enable a dramatic penetration of energy harvesting solutions into a broader range of applications. Through networking, attending tutorials, viewing real life demonstrations and participating in discussions developers will gain a step function increase in their knowledge and ability to gain access to energy harvesting powered solutions. The workshop will demonstrate examples of successful energy harvesting products already created via synergies between the energy harvesting source and the load demand developers.
EnerHarv2022 will be supported the EU EnABLES project which has already built an international 'power IoT' community comprising over 500 academic and industry stakeholders.
EnerHarv 2022 is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone interested in 'powering the internet of things.' In future newsletters we will provide further details including the organizing and technical committees, sponsors, outline program an initial speaker line up. In the interim please if you would like to learn more or get involved please contact the PSMA Energy Harvesting committee co-chairs Mike Hayes (email@example.com) or Brian Zahnstecher (firstname.lastname@example.org).