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Energy harvesting road test design challenge gets into gear

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A unique green design competition backed by element14 Pty Ltd will have seven competitors from around the world competing to develop an innovative energy harvesting solution with the most potential for real-world application. The competition finalists are based in the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and the USA.

element14 has launched its latest green design challenge, Energy Harvesting Solutions with the seven competitors selected from over 75 entrants developing projects that use energy harvesting technology to either replace a device that uses battery or mains power, or develop an entirely new design with the help of Wurth Elektronik’s collaborative Energy Harvesting Solution to Go Kit, in partnership with Energy Micro and Linear Technology, supplied by element14.

The winner, to be announced in July will be chosen based on the potential of their prototype to be developed into a genuine and mainstream product as well as the quality of supporting content produced during the course of the competition, including blogs, videos and designs.

The projects under development demonstrate the diverse interests and backgrounds of element14’s community of engineers, including a gesture-activated remote control, a battery-less carbon monoxide detector, a homebrew monitoring kit that harvests the excess heat from fermentation to power the monitor and an innovative solution for powering an artificial reptile environment.

According to Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14, there are strong implications for the environment in the development of low power devices that don’t require the use of batteries.

element14 also hosted a Google Hangout session where competitors had detailed discussions with Energy Micro’s Filip Dovland.

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