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TI, G24i partner for energy harvesting tech

Posted: 31 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power conversion? energy harvesting system? solar cell technology?

G24 Innovations Ltd and Texas Instruments Inc. are working together to combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI's power conversion ICs.

According to G24i, TI has identified G24i's technology as the most efficient indoor energy harvesting system available. "The combination of our Gen-3 solar technology with TI's ground-breaking nano-powered converter will enable applications for a wide range of products including mouse and keyboards, energy efficiency, standby power and intelligent sensors for industrial and home automation applications" says Richard Costello, chief operating officer at G24i.

TI has potential customers beta testing the energy harvesting platform and has received positive feedback, said G24i.

"The power of this technology, completing the relationship of light, low power and energy storage gives our customers ultimately lower costs, less maintenance, energy efficiency and a lower carbon footprint," says Martin Carpenter, TI business development manager.

G24i has raised more than $50 million to build a manufacturing plant for the Graetzel Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) technology. The company has specialized in smaller cell units that can work within buildings as well as outside and worked with Mascotte Industrial Associates Ltd in Hong Kong to include photovoltaic panels in a range of bags and backpacks in 2009.

The G24i solar cell is based on a technology invented by Michael Graetzel, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne and has the advantage that the panel will harvest energy in low light conditions indoors.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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