Soft Landing Programme in Hong Kong

Among the projects selected by the experts at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and invited to attend the first meeting of June 22-26 there is also " Micro and Nano Energy Harvesting " which has as its referent dr. Helios Vocca, Researcher and R&D Director of the Wisepower. The main goal of our work is the invention, design and prototipation of a new class of micro-powering systems for the energy consumption of stand-alone micro-electronic apparata like sensors or actuators. These powering systems are aimed at integrating/substituting the standard batteries even in electronic mobile devices of bigger dimensions. The principle of operation of these new micro-generators is based on the exploitation of energy present in the ambient (e.g. vibrations) and they can be used for all the stand-alone applications where a continuous energy supply is needed (wireless sensors…) and offer a good response in terms of dimension, duration, performance and environmental impact.
The pricipal applications of these devices:

• Support to other continuous powering systems in electronic devices (batteries) where the point energy cannot be supplied under particular short time conditions
• Micro-sensors (domotics; health; environmental monitoring)
• Automotive energy autonomous sensors (sensors distributed inside a car)
• Sensors for military equipment
• Industrial sensing
• Remote healthcare