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How Energy Harvesting is Key to Unlocking True Value of Industrial Internet of Things

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Connected sensors in industrial settings promise valuable insights that will reduce waste, downtime, environmental harm, and overall costs, but continued reliance on batteries presents an inherent roadblock to unlocking that potential.

A mid-sized plant can have thousands of assets that would benefit from IoT sensors, such as motors, steam traps, and more. But the numbers of batteries quickly add up as do the costs of replacing and disposing them. Outfitting industrial equipment with battery-powered sensors forces users to trade one maintenance event for another, limiting the value of the sensors designed to reduce wasted resources.

Recently, technology companies have pioneered sensors that are powered by energy harvested from sources such as low-level indoor light, small temperature differentials, and vibration. With the right advances in low-power electronics, it is possible to use only this power—creating self-powered sensors that can get rid of the battery entirely.

In this presentation, Brian Alessi, Director, Product Marketing & Corporate Communications at Everactive, will provide an overview of the critical obstacles to deploying IIoT solutions at scale, particularly in relation to batteries, and how energy harvesting is the key to tapping the IIoT as it has been imagined.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to identify the value that wireless sensors can bring to industrial environments.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to identify the critical obstacles to deploying Industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions at scale, particular in relation to batteries.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to understand how sensors can operate entirely off harvested energy, allowing for the removal of the battery altogether.
  • Brian Alessi
    Director, Product Marketing & Corporate Communications
    Everactive