Battery lifetime is fundamentally limited due to limitations in their chemistry
Sensors are generally passive for long periods of time in which they 'sleep'. When they wake up, for a few milliseconds they require 10.000x more power. These extremely short power peaks deteriorate the battery life significantly reducing the battery life to only a fraction of it's capacity.
- Battery lifetime is fundamentally limited
- Limited battery life impacts user-experience and increases servicing costs
POWER FROM LIGHT, MOVEMENT, RF AND OTHER SOURCES
Instead of bringing energy to our devices, we can use the energy that is already available to it. There is energy in light, movement, heat and even in RF signals, that we can use to power our devices. Low power devices such as smart wearables or sensors will never require charging or battery changes when Nowi energy harvesting is used
- 1uW-1o0uW gained continuously by energy harvesting
- 1-hour of direct light per day is enough to power an hybrid watch indefinitely
NOWI Energy Harvesting PMIC
Enabling devices to live forever with advanced energy harvesting
The Nowi power management IC combines the world's most advanced energy harvesting design with the highest DC-DC conversion efficiency. As such, it is able to solve the power bottleneck in products ranging from Wearables to Internet of Things sensors.
- Nowi Power Module technology eliminates the need for battery servicing
- Take advantage of breakthrough energy harvesting technology
Solving the power bottleneck in smart devices reduces the need for servicing significantly and thereby enables new applications.
The Nowi Energy Harvesting Power Management IP has been designed to be adaptive. It is able to power different types of sensors in different environments using a range of energy harvesting and battery hybrid options. Have a look how it could help your business.
Plug & ForgetTM
For the Internet of Things to fulfill its promise, sensors are required that operate maintenance- free for longer than the application they are used in. Plug & Forget sensors are needed.
- Ultra low voltage input & ~92% boosting efficiency
- Solar PV, Thermo-electric and RF harvesting
- 30X smaller PCB assembly area compared to all alternatives
The Nowi energy harvesting PMIC uses external energy sources as an additional means of power for connected devices. This enables the creation of products that are either completely batteryless or hybrid battery devices with a greatly extended lifetime.
Energy Harvesting Power Management SIP
The combination of a decades of academic research and several years of Nowi product development has resulted in the world's best Energy Harvesting Power Management technology. The Energy Harvesting SIP is available as ASIC's for different applications or as a system IP.
Nowi can work directly together with OEM's and offers application engineering support. In the case of IP integration, dedicated support is delivered for this process.
NOWI Team Members
Meet the people behind Nowi's innovation. A young and multidisciplinary team with a strong tech know-how and passion for innovation.
Dr. André MansanoCTO
André is a world-leading expert in energy harvesting and power management. He is pushing the technological development of Nowi’s products forward – Ph.D. Micro Electronics
Didos van DamCFO
Didos has a rich career with experience as an accountant and as CFO at a 120+ person fast growing company
Peter van der HoutHead of Validation
Peter has a few decades of IC validation and testing experience at leading technology firms, his work ensures the Nowi IC’s reliably perform as they should.
Anirban RoyMarket Research Intern
Roy is conducting research on developing markets in which Nowi’s energy harvesting technology can play a key role.
Dr. Abanob AbdelnourApplication Engineer
Abanob has a research background specialized in RFID systems and IoT applications and experience in working with industrial partners. This gives him a solid understanding of industrial constraints. Abanob acts as the bridge to connect Nowi’s technology and its market needs – Ph.D. Radiofrequency and Optics
Nowi is backed by seasoned entrepreneurs and leading academic researchers. They bring business and tech experience to the team.
Ad ScheepbouwerInvestor and advisor
Ad is helping Nowi as an investor at DTV and advisor. Ad has a long and very successful track record both as CEO and technology investor. He is the former CEO of Royal KPN and TNT Group and completed several successful technology investments, including RFS Group (Wehkamp) and Fox-IT.
prof.dr.ir. Wouter SerdijnFull professor at Delft University of Technology, where he heads the Section Bioelectronics.
Has been leading one of the world’s best university departments on Energy Harvesting and Power Management innovations for over a decade
Dr. Przemysław PawełczakHead of embedded systems lab and professor at TU Delft
Przemek is world-leading in terms of radio frequency power harvesting and coaches the Nowi product team on a very regular basis.
Ivo de la Rive BoxFounder and CEO of Quby B.V.
Ivo has founded Quby and with their Toon product has become the market leader in Europe for smart thermostats. His innovation and knowledge in business development is valuable for Nowi.
Jan Willem KlerkxCCO Scyfer
Jan-Willem has built and sold his own startup to Qualcomm. This serial-entrepreneur knows how to get a technology startup off the ground.
Bob StassarPartner at PNO, Managing Director Stadsburgreeve
Bob was a partner at one of the largest financial consultancies in the Netherlands. As such he is extremely well-suited to advise Nowi on financing matters.
Nowi energy harvesting technology has gotten commercial traction by global companies using prototype IC's in pilot projects. Furthermore, it has received recognition from Research Institutions such as ASML, TU Delft and Mahanakorn University. Finally, there has been recognition through media and a range of International Innovation awards. Click on an item to find out more.
Collaboration with Swiss watch manufacturer MMT
MMT and Nowi have initiated a collaboration to develop the world’s first ‘Plug & Forget’ watch. A hybrid watch with smart functionalities, such as activity tracking, auto updates and notifications, that never requires user-charging can be achieved when the Nowi Power Module is integrated in the MMT smart watch module.
Pilot with BAM in 2017/2018
BAM and Nowi are together deploying sensors in roads. The sensors will be embedded in the road and use energy harvesting as a means of continuous power. The sensors help in making the Netherlands infrastructure smarter.
Winner of 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup
Nowi won the top prize to be the Top IoT Innovator “Industrial” at the 10th IoT Innovation World Cup in February 2019.
Selected for the finals by the jury members out of +500 submissions from more than 45 nations, Nowi was awarded first place for its innovation in low-power energy harvesting technology which enables IoT devices to live forever. By harvesting energy readily available around the devices, Nowi’s PMIC makes the “Plug & Forget” dream come true.
Supported by the partners STMicroelectronics, Gore, EBV Elektronik, Würth Elektronik, Gemalto, AiQ Smart Clothing, VARTA Microbattery, Microtronics and Cicor, with a reputation accumulated over 15 years of successful competitions, the IOT Innovation World Cup® Series is no doubt the largest open innovation platform worldwide for IoT and tech solutions. The exciting 10th Innovation World Cup® finals took place in Barcelona, Spain.
See more at: Innovation World Cup Press Release
Yahoo Finance featured Nowi’s award at the 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup
NOWI Wins 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup for Method to Continuously Recharge and Power IoT and Wearable Products. This news was featured on Yahoo Finance on March 11, 2019.
Read more at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nowi-wins-2019-iot-innovation-115600735.html
Collaboration with Huawei Technologies at Mobile World Congress – Shanghai 2019
Together with Huawei Technologies, Nowi will be showcasing our Energy Harvesting PMIC at Mobile World Congress, Shanghai 2019.
Combination of Huawei’s NB-IoT SoC and Nowi’s energy harvesting PMIC
Bloomberg featured the collaboration of Huawei Technologies and Nowi in creating the first energy autonomous NB-IoT solution. The solution employs a Huawei Boudica V150 development board which enables plug and play of various sensors and peripherals alongside the highly integrated V150 NB-IoT SoC and battery charging circuitry based on NOWI’s ultra-high efficiency NW-A2.3 PMIC Energy Harvesting device.
Read more at: Bloomberg
Nowi’s miniature-sized energy harvesting PMIC
How small is our IC’s PCB-assembly footprint compared with its alternatives? In this video, Luc van Wietmarschen, a member of our R&D team, explains Nowi’s miniature-sized energy harvesting PMIC.
We Are In The News
From commercial projects, collaborations, innovation awards and other announcements. We will keep you up-to-date!
Press Release: Nowi Energy Harvesting Technology Enables Groundbreaking Hybrid Smartwatch Module for MMT
January 6, 2019 Las Vegas, USA: Dutch semiconductor firm Nowi and Swiss module company MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies SA) announce commercial availability of the new MMT 285EH module for use in hybrid smartwatches.
November 21, 2019 – Delft, The Netherlands: Investors from Disruptive Technology Ventures (DTV) announce a substantial additional Series A investment round for semiconductor firm Nowi.
Announced today at CES Unveiled in Amsterdam, Nowi is officially selected as one of the most 50 innovative Dutch companies to be present from 7 to 10 January 2020 at the world’s most prestigious technology event in Las Vegas – Consumer Electronics Show CES 2020.
Another quarter of 2019 has passed. Here at Nowi our summer was filled with fantastic activities and events. We welcomed visitors from all over the world: Korea, China, the UK, Austria. And as a result, several exciting collaborations will be announced soon.
A comparative study to understand the economic and environmental impacts of the lithium battery and energy harvesting as two power solutions for the smart parking industry – White paper by Nowi’s Market Research Intern, Anirban Roy.
While traditional solutions require over 15 external components and inductors to make a chip work, the Nowi PMIC needs only 1 external component and no inductor. It means that in order to make a product work properly, using the Nowi PMIC is over 15 times more cost-saving than other alternative solutions.
Maximum power point tracking is a method to achieve the highest energy harvesting efficiency even when the energy input changes. This particularly important for IoT applications as these devices are placed in various environments where the energy source might change over the course of time.
The internet of things is set to transform the way in which people communicate and exchange data with one another. For the time being, however, many IoT applications are struggling to deliver on their promises, due to the energy limitations of existing devices. In fact, most devices are currently powered by batteries, which have an […]
The last few months have been busy for us at NOWI. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to recently. Don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or check our website for more frequent news. We announced our collaboration with Huawei After several months of work with Huawei’s R&D team in Cambridge, UK, the demo was showcased […]
Huawei is showcasing an NB-IoT solution in which energy harvesting is used to power the NB-IoT SoC indefinitely through a new PMIC and attached solar panel. This removes the need for manual intervention (changing batteries) or cabling to supply power in applications which zero maintenance and zero power supply.
The solution employs a Huawei Boudica V150 development board which enables plug and play of various sensors and peripherals alongside the highly integrated V150 NB-IoT SoC and battery charging circuitry based on NOWI’s ultra-high efficiency NW-A2.3 PMIC Energy Harvesting device.
Omar Link and Simon van der Jagt, founders of Nowi have been recognized in Sifted’s list of cutting-edge European innovators. The list features some startups and their life-changing technologies. “They are all the real deal in terms of innovation. If they succeed, people’s lives will change. A true dent will be made in the universe. Take a peek into the future.”
Sifted is an FT-backed media site for European startups and innovators.
Dutch semiconductor innovator firm NOWI was awarded first place for its work in solving the power bottleneck in smart devices. NOWI’s innovative solution continuously brings energy to your device in lieu of wires or batteries by using the energy that is already available around the device. This can be light, heat, movement or even radio waves. Taking […]
With a break-through solution to extend battery lifetime and empower connective devices, Nowi has officially become the Top IoT Industrial Innovator of the 10th IoT/WT Innovation World Cup®. The continuous search for alternative, effective ways to harvest energy has been truly rewarding for this innovative start-up from the Netherlands. This is the story of how Nowi is realizing its mission to enable the Internet of Things.
The interconnectivity between the real and the digital world is greater than ever and IoT is fueling innovation in nearly every part of our lives, from turning our homes smart to transforming entire industries.
With its leading technology in energy harvesting, Nowi has been listed in 10 European IoT startups to watch in 2019 by Eu-Startup, one of the leading online publications with a focus on startups in Europe.
Selected for the finals by the jury members out of +500 submissions from more than 45 nations, Nowi won the top prize to be the Top IoT Innovator “Industrial” at the 10th IoT Innovation World Cup.
With a reputation accumulated over 15 years of successful competitions, the IOT Innovation World Cup® Series is no doubt the largest open innovation platform worldwide for IoT and tech solutions. The exciting 10th Innovation World Cup® finals took place in February 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has granted NOWI €1 million in funding. The credit will be used to further develop the NOWI Energy Harvesting PMIC technology.
The additional funding enables Nowi to make its technology market-ready. Nowi is translating its leading technology position in low-power energy harvesting into a small chip that can be used in a wide range of devices.
The Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association has granted Nowi an innovation award for it’s energy harvesting technology, due to it’s potential to enable IoT applications such as wearable ( hybrid and smart watches) and other applications in industrial Internet of Things
MMT and Nowi have initiated a collaboration to develop the world’s first ‘Plug & Forget’ watch. A hybrid watch with smart functionalities, such as activity tracking, auto updates and notifications, that never requires user-charging can be achieved when the Nowi IC is integrated in the MMT smart watch module. Nowi’s energy harvesting technology will be used by MMT ( a leading swiss watch manufacturer) to harvest energy from light to power a new model hybrid watch.
As part of the Wearable Technologies conference in Singapore, Nowi CEO Simon van der Jagt will be presenting how Nowi technology can improve wearable products. The extended lifetime of wearables by the effective use of energy harvesting technology made possible by Nowi improves the value proposition towards the user.
A short 1-minute YouTube video gives you an overview of what we do at Nowi and what the impact of this technology will be
Nowi receives €1.5 million in funding from Disruptive Technology Ventures for the further development of their Energy Harvesting technology and finalization of the Power Module.
Besides this, industry titans such as former KPN telecom CEO Ad Scheepbouwer will actively help the company in the further commercialization of the Nowi sensor technology.
Nowi has received a R&D grant together with Qualinx from ‘Provincie Zuid-Holland‘. The aim is to further develop Nowi’s Power Module and combine this into a demonstrator with Qualinx ultra-low power GPS module.
A temperature sensor, based on the Nowi Power Module and communicating via NB-IoT protocol has been embedded by BAM in Dutch roads
Nowi has concluded a pilot with a temperature sensor built upon the Nowi Power Module with DEWA, UAE’s largest utility company.
Minister of Foreign affairs Bert Koenders has given Nowi the award in New Delhi, India.
Nowi has received a significant loan from the RVO in order to further speed up it’s product development.
In the Internet of Things category a jury of experts has named Nowi the winner of the Accenture Innovation awards.