Solar Power Enables Remote Industrial Sensors to be Autonomously Powered for Extended Periods

In several presentations this week, Alta Devices will explain how battery-powered devices and remote sensors can be truly autonomous. Sensors are critical to the successful operation and safety of autonomous devices, machines and vehicles. In conjunction with the addition of more sensors, power needs also increase. The best way to power these sensors and remain autonomous is via solar power.

Alta Devices AnyLight™ solar technology is ideal for these applications as it leads the industry in power density and performs well in low light conditions. Even a small amount of this technology can capture enough light energy to recharge and extend batteries whether indoors or outside. Alta Devices thin, flexible solar cells can be seamlessly added to devices and machines without impacting form or weight.

Sensors Expo & Conference, June 26 -28, 2018
McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Alta Devices Booth #840

Energy Harvesting with Thin-Film GaAs Solar Cells
Wednesday June 27th, 2018 — 3:30PM – 4:20 PM — Executive Ballroom B

Alta Devices Technical Marketing Engineer, Ian Murray will discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to be everywhere but replacing necessary batteries can be costly. Energy harvesting of solar power allows IoT devices to be powered longer between maintenance cycles or even indefinitely without battery replacement.

Achieving Truly Autonomous Sensors Via Solar Cells
Thursday June 28th, 2018 — 10:15AM – 10:45 AM — Sensors Live Theatre

Alta Devices Marketing Director, Tanya Wilkins will discuss how solar power can enable industrial sensors to be truly autonomous. As the growth of autonomous vehicles and machines accelerates, both sensors and power needs will increase.

True autonomy means that industrial sensors do not need to be plugged in to perform their functions or to have sufficient power. Currently the endurance of battery-powered equipment is limited. Battery replacement is awkward, expensive, inconvenient, and recharging takes time. Moreover, battery disposal has a negative impact on the environment. However, solar technology, such as Alta Devices AnyLight power technology, provides the ability to capture enough solar power to keep batteries charged on an ongoing basis without compromising design requirements. This creates a new possibility: battery powered equipment that is truly autonomous and can work for extended periods, without the economic or environmental cost and complexity of battery replacement.  A broad range of applications are enabled: networks of IoT sensors that continuously capture data; operations in remote or hard-to-access locations; and equipment with new capabilities that are powered by light alone.

About Alta Devices:  Alta Devices is empowering autonomy by delivering the world’s most efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting light of any kind into electricity, Alta Devices AnyLight™ power technology extends the energy source of a system, and in many cases, completely cuts the traditional power cord. The solution can be completely integrated into the final system, and is ideal for use in unmanned systems, satellites, consumer electronics, sensors, automotive, remote exploration, or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter. Alta Devices holds world records for energy conversion efficiency and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.