EnABLES – Powering the IoT – Conference

The EnABLES 2021 Powering the IoT Conference took place on Wednesday May 19th


Powering the IoT – Conference

The EnABLES – Powering the IoT – Online Conference on May, 19th will bring together various stakeholders from the field of energy harvesting, energy storage and micro-power management.

With the focus on powering IoT applications, different technologies and use cases will be presented and discussed. Speakers from the following organisations are on the agenda among others: Perpetuum Ltd, Italcoppie Sensori SRL, Tegnology ApS, Imperial College London, Université Catholique de Louvain, Tyndall National Institute, University of Perugia, etc.

EnABLES 2021 Online Conference


Agenda (all times CEST – UTC+2)

10:0010:15Welcome & Introduction to EnABLES (Mike Hayes, Peter Spies)
Industry Perspective (Chair: Peter Spies)
10:1510:40Don’t sell the Energy HarvesterRoy FreelandPerpetuum Ltd, United Kingdom
10:4011:00Miniaturisation of smart sensors EnABLEd by solid state batteries and ultra-low power ecosystemDenis PaseroIlika Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom
11:0011:25Uptaking Energy Harvesting Technologies to boost Digitalization and the Green TransitionHao YinTEGnology ApS, Denmark
Databases and Simulation Tools (Chair: Mike Hayes)
11:4512:05Virtual resources and simulation tools for energy harvesting studiesFrancesco Cottone NiPS lab, Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia, Italy
12:0512:30Using Modelling and Real Data to Assist the Design of Energy Harvesting SystemsAlex WeddellUniv. of Southampton, United Kingdom
12:3012:50Data science empowered energy-related applicationsTania CerquitelliPolitecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
12:5013:30Lunch Break
Real Life Use Cases (Chair: Gerd vom Bögel)
13:3013:50Batteries for short-term wearable medical devicesTim Hannon
James Rohan
Sanmina, Cork Ireland;
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
13:5014:15Battery Life Improvement for Tracking Unit Load DevicesEduard Seligman-Schürch
Gerry Mc Glinchey
Swiss Airtainer, Switzerland;
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
14:1514:40HT wireless temperature SensorMarco MorandiItalcoppie Sensori S.r.l., Italy
14:4015:15Panel Discussion
“Energy harvesting impact on Green ICT and CO2 reduction”
“Adopting energy harvesting technologies in real-life products”

Panelists: Roy Freeland, Denis Pasero, Séamus O’Driscoll, Raphael Salot, Aldo Romani and Gerd vom Bögel
15:1515:45Afternoon break
Thermoelectric and Solar Based Designs (Chair: Peter Spies)
15:4516:10Low-cost Heusler-based Thermoelectric Materials and Systems for Energy HarvestingGeoffrey RoyInstitute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
16:1016:30Expanding the Applicability of Thermoelectrics by Dynamic DesignMichail E. KiziroglouImperial College London, United Kingdom
16:3016:50Green IoT solutions – Smart power to dataMichael NiggemannEnerthing GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany
16:5017:00Closing Remarks (Mike Hayes, Peter Spies)



Roy Freeland
Perpetuum Ltd, United Kingdom
“Don’t sell the Energy Harvester”
  • From idea to worldwide IOT systems
  • Developing a practical harvester
  • The right applications
  • Users want systems
  • Selling the system not the harvester
Roy Freeland is a Cambridge graduate engineer with wide international experience of running technology based companies including Meggitt Electronics and Spirent’s high technology businesses. He was CEO of United Industries Plc. He is President of Perpetuum Ltd which he established in 2004 and was recently bought by Hitachi Rail. Perpetuum is now a worldwide IoT business using its vibration energy harvesting technology to power wireless sensor nodes. The data is transmitted to “The Cloud” and analysed in real time to monitor the condition of trains and track. He was a founder member of the Rail Supply Group Council leading the SME Workstream and has chaired several energy harvesting and wireless related committees internationally.
Denis Pasero
Ilika Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom
“Miniaturisation of smart sensors EnABLEd by solid state batteries and ultra-low power ecosystem”
  • A description of solid state batteries and comparison with other energy storage technologies
  • Examples of integration in IoT and medical sensors using energy harvesting and ultra-low power electronics
  • How Ilika has benefited from an EnABLES collaboration previously
Denis Pasero joined Ilika Technologies in 2008, as a scientist specializing in battery technology, to manage commercial lithium ion projects. He became part of the Ilika team to apply his strong academic knowledge to commercial applications and saw the potential to be part of the development and success story of an enterprising smaller company with exciting technology and novel product ideas. Today, as Product Commercialization Manager, Denis interfaces between customers and technical teams.
Hao Yin
TEGnology ApS, Denmark
“Uptaking Energy Harvesting Technologies to Boost Digitalization and the Green Transition”
  • Why: Sustainable power supply – a challenge in digitalization
  • How: Fitting technology into business – not the other way around
  • Method: Design thinking – an effective approach in product development
  • What: Case study – TEGnology’s examples in developing an IoT product
Hao received his Ph.D in Material Science 2011, specialized in thermoelectric materials. The company TEGnology was founded, based on the patents he was co-author for, on a new material composition and the scalable manufacture method. Since graduation, he has endeavored in implementing energy harvesting technologies into real applications. He has more than 10 years’ experience in material optimization, energy harvester design/manufacture, system integration. High temperature energy recovery from automotive and industrial waste heat, and low temperature application for IoT sensors are the current focuses.
Francesco Cottone
NiPS lab, Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia, Italy
“Virtual resources and simulation tools for energy harvesting studies”
  • Introduction to real case vibration energy sources database
  • Operational guide and example of exploitation for the users
  • Free simulation tools for vibration energy harvesting
  • Examples of laboratory test application of the virtual resources
Francesco COTTONE is professor of Physics at Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia (Italy). After his PhD in 2008, Francesco has been involved in several international projects mostly related but not limited to nonlinear vibration energy harvesting technologies. From 2008 to 2009, He worked at Stokes Institute, University of Limerick (Ireland). In 2011, he was awarded a Marie Curie European Fellowship to develop MEMS-based energy harvesting systems at Université de Paris-Est (France). Since 2013, Francesco re-joined the NiPS group in Perugia, where he has been the principal investigator and responsible of European projects related to energy harvesting (NanoPower, ICT Energy, PROTEUS, EnABLES). In 2015, Francesco awarded the best researcher prize in honour of professor Borromeo. His scientific expertise includes numerical simulations of stochastic systems and electro-active materials. He is member of scientific committee of international conferences and has record of more than 90 referred publications.
Alex Waddell
University of Southampton, United Kingdom
“Using Modelling and Real Data to Assist the Design of Energy Harvesting Systems”
  • The importance of real and representative data to assist the design of energy harvesting systems
  • The impact of component variability and lifetime on system performance
  • Aiding design decisions through simulation of energy harvesting systems
Alex Weddell received the MEng and PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Southampton, U.K., in 2005 and 2010. His main research focus is in the areas of energy harvesting and energy management for future Internet of Things devices. He has over 15 years’ experience in design and deployment of energy harvesting systems, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in the area. He is currently a Lecturer in the Center for Internet of Things and Pervasive Systems at the University of Southampton, and is involved with three projects funded by EPSRC, EU Horizon 2020 and Clean Sky 2.
Tania Cerquitelli
Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
“Data science empowered energy-related applications”
  • An automated data-analytics pipeline to support predictive maintenance strategies
  • Combining supervised and unsupervised learning methodologies
  • Estimation of the health status of the vehicle’s battery
  • A real-life application: forecasting battery state of health in the scenario of the connected vehicles
Tania Cerquitelli has been an associate professor at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, since March 2018. Her research activities have been mainly devoted to fostering and sharing research and innovation on automated data science and machine learning in different real-life settings, explainable artificial intelligence solutions, and interpretable predictive and descriptive modeling techniques. Tania has been involved in many European and Italian research projects addressing different research issues related to machine learning and data analytics for energy-related data and Industry 4.0. She got the master’s degree with honors in Computer Engineering (in 2003) and the Ph.D. degree (in 2007) from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and the master’s degree with honors in Computer Science (in 2003) from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico.
Tim Hannon, Sanmina, Cork, Ireland
James Rohan, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
“Batteries for short-term wearable medical devices”
  • Introduction to IoT applications in wearable medical devices
  • Describe one such application in some detail
  • Touch on the relevance of the device, requirements for use and limitations to be considered
  • Introduce appropriate battery chemistries for such devices
  • Present a draft template for the most appropriate battery options
Tim Hannon is a design engineer in medical device R&D for Sanmina Ireland. He is based in the Tyndall Institute as a researcher in residence with a primary focus on wearable non-invasive health sensing devices. The current body of work is part of the Holistics Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund project to generate a miniaturized wirelessly connected sepsis monitoring patch device. We work closely with academic researchers on collaborative research in areas of mutual interest, including antenna design and power management/battery technology. In addition, we collaborate with other industry partners to gather market knowledge and user requirements of the end device along with mechanical considerations such as materials and adhesive selection for the mechanical design. He has previously worked as CTO for Herdinsights, leading a team of engineers developing IOT connected animal health monitors in the smart agriculture space overseeing all aspects of development from conception through to international product launch including hardware, firmware, mechanical, wireless, cloud connectivity and data analytics.
James Rohan completed a Ph.D. at the University of Southampton on the use of microelectrodes for electrochemical analysis of lithium based batteries. He established and leads the Electrochemical Materials and Energy research group at Tyndall National Institute, UCC. He is also chair of the Energy for the Internet of Things research cluster in the MicroNanoSystems Centre at Tyndall. His research interests include electrochemical materials and device fabrication for sensor, micro/nano electronics and energy storage applications. He has contributed to a number of roadmapping exercises for energy harvesting and storage for the IoT including the most recent IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (ww.irds.ieee.org). He is a funded investigator in the Connect and Vistamilk, Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres investigating energy storage and sensors for IoT applications. He is a lecturer in the UCC School of Chemistry for undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He is the Ireland regional representative of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
Eduard Seligman-Schürch, Swiss Airtainer, Switzerland
Gerry Mc Glinchey, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
“Battery Life Improvement for Tracking Unit Load Devices”
  • Introduction to Unit Load Devices
  • The civil aviation regulation of Unit Load Devices
  • The need for Unit Load Devices air cargo services
  • Key sensor systems
  • Real-time Location tracking requirements
  • The Power Constraints
Eduard Seligman-Schürch is a Swiss and German national whose core experience is rooted in corporate finance, management & entrepreunership. Mr. Seligman-Schürch further built up extensive expertise in investment banking having served as Senior Vice-President for a Canadian investment bank. Thanks to his vast knowledge in strategic business development, Mr. Seligman-Schürch also successfully restructured various companies from different fields. Mr. Seligman-Schürch founded Swiss Airtainer SA in 2019 as he believes that there are distinct opportunities in the Temperature Controlled Air Cargo market.
Gerry McGlinchey holds a MSEE from Santa Clara University, California and a Batchelor of Engineering from the National University of Ireland. He is a Senior Researcher at the Tyndall National Institute. He has many years of industrial Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit design experience with companies that include Analog Devices and Advanced Micro Devices.
Marco Morandi
Italcoppie Sensori S.r.l., Italy
“HT Wireless Temperature Sensor”
  • Introduction Italcoppie
  • Idea of measurement and concept of RF-Harvesting
  • Implementation of system
  • Outlook and future applications
Skilled in people, products, project and marketing management, Marco has a well known demonstrated history in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry, focused on temperature measurement technology (design, production, test and validation). In 2004 he had the unique opportunity to open the electronic division of Italcoppie Sensori in Modena, with the main goal to develop a new range of “smart” temperature probes with integrated electronic, design new products and manage their development up to final mass production (with internal and external resources). He takes active part to the company main strategies and plan development of new products. He deals in research innovative technology and new product design with many companies overall the world, and prestigious research institutes (Fraunhofer IMS and IMPS, CNR, Bologna university) with the target to develop high technology products, even with European fund.
Geoffrey Roy
Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
“Low-cost Heusler-based Thermoelectric Materials and Systems for Energy Harvesting”
  • Optimisation of the thermoelectric properties of the Fe2VAl Heusler compound
  • Design of a low contact resistance brazing process for thermoelectric modules
  • High temperature and thermal cycling characterisation of thermoelectric modules
  • Integration of a Fe2VAl-based thermoelectric module into a working prototype of autonomous wireless sensors for domestic heating applications
Geoffrey Roy holds a Master’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering (2010) and a PhD in Engineering (2015) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) where he is working as a research associate at the Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (iMMC). Within the team of Pr. Pascal J. Jacques in the division of Materials and Process Engineering (IMAP), his research is focused on the development of new thermoelectric materials and systems for a range of applications going from industrial waste heat recovery to autonomous powering of smart sensors. In his research, he pays particular attention to the development of new solutions that present improved both technical and economical profiles to facilitate the emergence of these solutions out of the lab. This research is followed by several companies from the fields of energy, materials and IoT.
Michail E. Kiziroglou
Imperial College London, United Kingdom
“Expanding the Applicability of Thermoelectrics by Dynamic Design”
  • TEG efficiency relies on high ΔΤ, which is challenging to obtain at IoT sensor location
  • Temperature variation in time can be exploited, through a heat storage unit in thermal contact to the environment through a TEG
  • As environmental T varies, a ΔΤ builds up and heat flows through the TEG
  • Phase Change Materials boost heat capacity. Water is suitable for avionic applications
  • Integration with low voltage, bipolar and cold-starting power management is key
  • Room temperature PCMs may expand TEG applicability to T-varying environments such as wearables and carriables
Michail E. Kiziroglou obtained his diploma in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2000 and his master in microelectronics from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, in 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in microelectronics and Si spintronics awarded by the University of Southampton in 2007. Between 2006 and 2018 he has been a Research Associate with the Optical and Semiconductor Devices group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London. He is currently a Research Fellow at Imperial College London and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, International Hellenic University, Greece. In 2016 he worked as an Associate Project Scientist at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, on the development of microgenerators for aircraft applications.
He has over 90 publications in international journals and conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Institute of Physics. His research interests include energy harvesting devices, microengineering and energy autonomous wireless sensors.
Michael Niggemann
Enerthing GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany
“Green IoT solutions – Smart power to data”
  • 3rd generation photovoltaics for IoT applications
  • Sustainability of battery-free IoT solutions
  • IoT solutions for industry and buildings
  • System concept – from energy to cloud connected data
  • Indoor and outdoor IoT powered by light
Michael Niggemann started Enerthing in 2016 as a founding director. Based on its core photovoltaic technology, Enerthing has developed IoT solutions for industry and smart buildings. The solution comprises IoT sensors, power management and a cloud-based data interface to the customer. Before founding Enerthing, he was CTO and managing director of a high-tech start-up in Cambridge, UK. Prior to moving to the UK in 2009, Michael was head of a group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He received a Phd at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in microsystems engineering on the topic of organic photovoltaic modules. The development of sustainable technologies with a strong customer focus excites and motivates him.

To watch EnABLES Webinars, click here: EnABLES Webinars

EnABLES is a European project dedicated to powering the Internet of Things (IoT). It addresses the long term needs of energy management in self-powered smart sensor systems as required by IoT innovation. To enable truly ‘invisible’, unobtrusive and self-powered (autonomous) wireless devices a key challenge is to bridge the gap between capturing energy supply from energy harvesting sources (EH), integrating new devices for energy storage (ES) and taking into account the micro-power management (MPM) requirements for the miniaturised system operation. This webinar is centred to the first step: the energy harvesting. We will present the different EH technologies (photovoltaic, thermoelectrics, piezo, etc.) developed in the frame work of this project. We will also present our free-of-charge technical offer to characterise materials or devices in this different EH technologies.