Project Summary

The PERPS project proposes:

  • a holistic approach to the development of feasible and sustainable innovative, technical solutions for the perpetual operation of IoT edge nodes and portable/wearable electronics
  • the development of methods, as well as specific power supply units, which will enable current and future embedded networked systems to operate globally by harvesting energy from their surroundings, adapting optimally to the time- varying available ambient energy content.
  • the combination of a novel energy conversion integrated circuit (ENC IC), with real-time S/W algorithms, in order to allow the predictive estimation of energy availability at the system’s installation site, taking into consideration (hidden) repetitive patterns in the ambient energy signal.
  • the ENC IC will be able to harvest in parallel energy from dissimilar sources including (ambient) light, (micro) vibrations and (small) temperature differences as well as the integration of triboelectric microgenerators will be conducted to ensure future exploitation of this promising energy harvesting method.
  • Energy estimations will trigger the node’s power management system, to optimally adapt power consumption to ensure survivability.