Newsletter 12 – January 2022

EnABLES Newsletter Issue 12 – January 2022





White Paper Released

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) has announced the availability of a White Paper entitled “Energy Harvesting for a Green Internet of Things.”

This seminal work is the result of a multi-month effort by a dedicated team of 28 international experts from a variety of backgrounds in academia and industry, led by Dr. Michalis Kiziroglou from Imperial College London and Dr. Thomas Becker of Thobecore Germany. The PSMA Energy Harvesting Technical Committee supported this work, including a number of our EnABLES Programme Partners, and is responsible for making the White Paper available.



The key findings in the White Paper are as follows:

  • Energy harvesting is a key enabling technology for the green Internet of Things
  • This potential is demonstrated with several use case studies
  • Industrial adoption is reluctant despite positive costs-benefits and their life cycle impacts
  • Massive future deployment requires a concerted strategy in research and technology accompanied by disruptive industrial product developments and innovations.

The paper is available to download at no cost from the PSMA website Energy Harvesting Technical Forum at Download PSMA White Paper


Upcoming EnABLES Events

Date for your diary … Next EnABLES Webinar



Energy harvesting solutions for real world use cases – Part III
Date / Time
24th February 2022, 15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Speaker line-up will be announced soon …

Registration is now openRegister to Attend

Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 22nd-24th March 2022

The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference; APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in power electronics



On Thursday 24th March, Mike Hayes, EnABLES Programme Coordinator will present: “EnABLES – Free of charge power IoT feasibility studies for real world applications”


For more information: APEC Conference

Catch up – Latest Webinar now on YouTube



We have uploaded our December 2021 webinar to YouTube (Follow this link to watch).

In case you missed it, then take this opportunity to watch Francesca Brunetti from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Raphaël Salot from CEA-Leti & Junbo Wang from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) present “Thin-Film Solid-State Batteries for Medical Applications”.



EnerHarv 2022

The Second International Energy Harvesting Workshop, EnerHarv 2022 is to be held in-person in Raleigh, NC (USA) on 5th-7th April, 2022




EnerHarv 2022 will bring together experts from around the world working on all technical areas relevant to energy harvesting, power management and its IoT applications. This non-profit workshop, organised and sponsored by the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), will be held on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in the award-winning Hunt Library. The workshop will be hosted by the ASSIST NSF Engineering Research Center.




EnerHarv 2022’s vision is to create a focal point for experts and users of energy harvesting and related technologies to share knowledge, best practices, roadmaps, experiences and provide opportunities for collaboration to increase the uptake of such technologies. The workshop is targeted at a broad audience from industry and academia working on materials and devices for energy harvesting and storage, low-power sensors and circuits, micro power management, and their applications in powering IoT devices for health and environmental monitoring, assisted living, and monitoring of equipment and buildings. The workshop program will be divided evenly between lecture sessions, functional demonstrations, and interactive panel discussions with plenty of time reserved for networking and team-building prospects.


For more information: EnerHarv Workshop



Post-CMOS Integration of Miniaturised Solar Cells for Energy Harvesting

Besides the integration of sensor or actor elements by post-CMOS processing, the energy harvesting by miniaturised components is of strong importance for novel applications in the field of “internet of things” and “industry 4.0”. Energy harvesting from ambient light is an efficient alternative way to circumvent the necessity to periodically replace batteries. As part of a study, Fraunhofer IMS has developed a miniaturised photo cell that can be integrated monolithically on a CMOS-substrate, thus enabling the realisation of an extremely miniaturized sensor node. Thin film amorphous silicon solar cells can be integrated on the surface of CMOS integrated circuits with the aid of low temperature PECVD processes. These cells are typically built up as p-i-n-diodes from a-Si:H-layers. The collection of photo-generated carriers is performed by suitable electrodes. In order to optimise the efficiency of such solar cells, electrodes with aluminium-doped zinc oxide layers are used that exhibit a high optical transmission and electrical conductivity for the light-facing top electrode and increase the reflectivity of the bottom electrode.

Figure 1: Schematic sketch of possible integration scheme for PV-cells on CMOS
Figure 1: Schematic sketch of possible integration scheme
for PV-cells on CMOS (TCO: Transparent and conductive oxide)
Figure 2: Test setup of on-chip PV-cells on PCB 
Figure 2: Test setup of on-chip PV-cells on PCB


For more information, contact Gerd vom Bögel [gerd.vom.boegel (at)]



Last Chance … EnABLES closes for Transnational Access enquiries next week



We are encouraging anyone interested to apply right now, so that your access can be delivered before the end of June 2022.


Submit an enquiry here
If you have any questions send Paul an email [paul.roseingrave (at)]


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