Nowi: Enabling the Internet of Things

Soon the world will have 30 billion connected devices

All of these will need a power supply that lasts for decades

The Nowi Power Module enables this

The Problem

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

Energy Harvesting

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
  • From parking sensors, to cargo temperature control and GPS asset tracking, the transportation sector is under-going a transformation due to the Internet of Things. Reducing sensor maintenance by using the Nowi Power Module saves money at the bottom-line.
  • Gas and water meters to onroad car counting and monitoring. Energy saving in urban area’s can be significant when sensors are deployed effectively. The scale and location of these sensors will make maintenance expensive, impractical and risky due to system down-time. The Nowi Power Module can simplify sensor implementation by elimanating their maintenance need.
  • Temperature, light, air quality and noise sensors deployed in office buildings have the potential to increase workforce productivity by 10% while reducing energy consumption by 20%. Deploying thousands of sensors throughout each building creates facility management problems due to the high sensor maintenance need. The Nowi Power Module enables sensors to outlast the furtniture and possibly even the building itself.
  • Livestock tracking, soil monitoring and smart logistics can increase yields in agriculture. It will require an enormous amount of sensors in challenging environments. This makes sensor maintenance problematic. The Nowi Power Module solves the power bottleneck for agricultural sensors. It thereby enables solutions that would have otherwise been too expensive or impractical.
  • Air quality, current, temperature sensors and smoke detecors are poised to make industry safer, more sustainable and more productive. These sensors are often installed in hard to reach places and their reliability is key. The Nowi Power Module solves the power problem in sensors and thereby reduces the need for sensor maintenance in industrial settings
  • Smart and hybrid watches require additional power in order to measure user-activitity, send notifications and communicate with the internet. Nowi technology enables wearable devices to never need user-charging. Nowi has proven that even as little as 1-hour a day of direct light is enough to power a hybrid watch forever

Applications

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.

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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. 

Application Engineering

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.

Simon van der Jagt

CEO

Simon strongly believes that, at the bottom-line, the commercialization of technology benefits society.
With this vision, he leads the team on a daily basis.

Omar Link

COO

Omar is the bridge between all engineering disciplines in the team. With his vision for internal processes and eye for detail, always thinking at least one step ahead, he makes sure the Nowi machine runs smoothly.

Dr. André Mansano

CTO

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 Dam

CFO

Didos has a rich career with experience as an accountant and as CFO at a 120+ person fast growing company

Chris Juliano

VP Strategic Partnerships

Chris, with his commercial experience at Qualcomm and strong know-how in partnership building with Fortune 500 companies, is enabling Nowi in making the next step towards commercialization.

Dr. Gustavo Campos Martins

Energy Harvesting Architect

Gustavo has a Ph.D. on energy harvesting and efficient DC-DC conversion. This enables him to improve Nowi’s core technology – Ph.D. Microelectronics

Dr. Mohammad Javad Dezyani

Analog IC Designer

Javad is a highly talented analog IC engineer. With a Ph.D. in power management and energy harvesting, he is an invaluable asset to the Nowi team.

Peter van der Hout

Peter van der Hout

Head 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.

Ehsan is working on creating as low-power as possible sensor system while optimizing energy harvesting efficiency

Ehsan Zabihi

Embedded Systems Engineer

Ehsan is working on creating as low-power as possible sensor system while optimizing energy harvesting efficiency
– MSc embedded systems

Babak Mazhab Jafari

Analog IC designer

Babak is a talented analog IC designer. With his experience and his novel ideas, he is a core asset of the Nowi technology team -MSc Microelectronics.

Weichen Xu

Analog IC designer

Weichen is a top analog IC engineer and an important part of the core technology developing the Nowi Power Module -MSc Microelectronics.

Jialue Wang - Analog IC Designer - Nowi

Jialue Wang

Analog IC Designer

Jialue is a talented analog IC designer. His both academic as commercial experience make him a valuable part of the Nowi team  – PDEng Micro electronics.

Luc van Wietmarschen

Analog IC designer

Luc is a talented analog IC designer. With his novel ideas, he is an important asset of the Nowi technology team.

Trang Bui

Marketing

Trang helps the Nowi vision on IoT to reach as many places in the world as possible and educate other companies about the advantages of Nowi energy harvesting technology.

Mark Romijn

Operations Assistant

As an operation assistant, Mark ensures Nowi keeps running smoothly and the team has what it needs to perform.

Anirban Roy

Market Research Intern

Roy is conducting research on developing markets in which Nowi’s energy harvesting technology can play a key role.

NOWI Advisors

Nowi is backed by seasoned entrepreneurs and leading academic researchers. They bring business and tech experience to the team.

Ad Scheepbouwer

Investor 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 Serdijn

Full 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 Pawełczak

Head 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 Box

Founder 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 Klerkx

CCO 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 Stassar

Partner 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.

Highlights

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.

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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.

https://www.ecnmag.com/product-announcement/2018/08/hybrid-watch-lives-forever-development

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

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!

October 2019

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.

October 2019

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.

October 2019

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.

August 2019

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.

July 2019

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 […]

July 2019

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 […]

June 2019

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.

June 2019

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.

May 2019

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 […]

April 2019

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.

March 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.

February 2019

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.

January 2019

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.

November 2018

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

October 2018

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.

August 2018

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.

June 2018

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

March 2018

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.

December 2017

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.  

October 2017

A temperature sensor, based on the Nowi Power Module and communicating via NB-IoT protocol has been embedded by BAM in Dutch roads

August 2017

Nowi has concluded a pilot with a temperature sensor built upon the Nowi Power Module with DEWA, UAE’s largest utility company.

May 2017

Minister of Foreign affairs Bert Koenders has given Nowi the award in New Delhi, India.

March 2017

Nowi has received a significant loan from the RVO in order to further speed up it’s product development.

November 2016

In the Internet of Things category a jury of experts has named Nowi the winner of the Accenture Innovation awards.

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