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
Alberto GancedoRF Energy Harvesting
As a member of our Research and Development team, Alberto has a role in the energy harvesting development of the Nowi. sensors
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. His experience includes general management, international roll-out and technology investments.
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.
Nowi wins the Accenture Innovation award 2016
The jury of the Accenture Innovation awards has named Nowi as the Internet of Things winner. This was due to the international potential of the Nowi technology.
Nowi receives semiconductor innovation award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA)
The Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association has granted Nowi an innovation award for it’s energy harvesting technology. CASA has motivated their selection of Nowi by saying that the potential of Nowi’s energy harvesting technology IC has the potential to enable application in hybrid / smart watches, but also throughout other Internet of Things verticals such as industrial IoT and smart cities
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.
Part of Europe’s Leading Tech Incubator
Nowi has gone through the incubation program of YEs!Delft. The Program is ranked second worldwide as business incubator.
Nowi has won the Startup World Cup in Denmark in 2016.
The Startup World Cup is a yearly competition in which startups from all over the world compete for the title. Nowi was chosen as the Internet of Things winner as the technology enables other innovations in the sector.
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
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From commercial projects, collaborations, innovation awards and other announcements. We will keep you up-to-date!
From a thesis topic on energy harvesting to the Top Industrial Innovator
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.
10 European IoT startups to watch in 2019
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.
NOWI Wins 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup for Method to Continuously Recharge and Power IoT and Wearable Products
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.
€1 million additional funding to Nowi for development of Energy Harvesting PMIC
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.
Nowi receives semiconductor innovation award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA)
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
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.
Nowi presenting as ‘Breakthrough Innovation’ at Wearable Technologies 2018 in Singapore
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.
Nowi Power Module explained in 1-minute animation
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
€1.5m Venture Capital Investment for Nowi
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 receives R&D grant together with Qualinx
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.
BAM/T-Mobile/Nowi embed Plug & Forget sensor in roads
A temperature sensor, based on the Nowi Power Module and communicating via NB-IoT protocol has been embedded by BAM in Dutch roads
Pilot with DEWA in Dubai
Nowi has concluded a pilot with a temperature sensor built upon the Nowi Power Module with DEWA, UAE’s largest utility company.
Nowi wins Smart City Innovation Award
Minister of Foreign affairs Bert Koenders has given Nowi the award in New Delhi, India.
Additional funding for Nowi
Nowi has received a significant loan from the RVO in order to further speed up it’s product development.
Nowi wins Accenture Innovation Award
In the Internet of Things category a jury of experts has named Nowi the winner of the Accenture Innovation awards.