EnABLES – Powering the IoT – Conference

The EnABLES 2021 Powering the IoT Conference will take place on Wednesday May 19th. It will be hosted remotely. Agenda will be available soon.

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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

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Draft Agenda

10:0010:15Welcome & Introduction EnABLES
10:1510:40Roy FreelandDon’t sell the Energy HarvesterPerpetuum Ltd, United Kingdom
11:2512:00Coffee Break
Geoffrey RoyLow-cost Heusler-based Thermoelectric Materials and Systems for Energy HarvestingInstitute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Michail E. KiziroglouExpanding the Applicability of Thermoelectrics by Dynamic DesignImperial College London, United Kingdom
Hao YinUptaking Energy Harvesting Technologies to boost Digitalization and the Green TransitionTEGnology ApS, Denmark



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.
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.
Hao Yin
TEGnology ApS, Denmark
“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.
Marco Morandi
Italcoppie, Italy
“HT wireless temperature Sensor”
  • Introduction Italcoppie
  • Idea of measurement and concept of RF-Harvesting
  • Implementation of system
  • Outlook and future applications

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.