The recent completion of the research and development phase of the GAIAPrint project, Generation and storage of green energy with printed devices for ultra-low-power autonomous electronics, led by researchers from Navarre, Catalonia and the Basque Country , was announced.
The GAIAPrint project, an initiative funded by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Spanish Government, within the framework of the Support Program for Innovative Business Groups (AEI), proposes to develop a low-cost modular environment for generating and storing cleaner energy that provides full autonomy to ultra-low-power electronic devices.
It was recently announced that its research and development phase has been completed, with the results of the project being obtained.
GAIAPrint, which in turn is part of Functional Print, the Functional Printing Cluster, offers the integration of two emerging technologies in the field of printed electronics into ultra-low-power electronic systems to enable full autonomy and high sustainability in sensing devices and the so-called Internet of Things, Internet of Things (IoT).
As explained on the official website of the project, “the first stage proposed was to manufacture flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules with advanced materials for the generation of green energy (Eurecat) and to complete its storage with low cost batteries. printed (Stirling Centre)”.
“The development of ultra-low-power electronics (Falcon Electronics) was done in such a way that it was compatible with the various sensors on the market, and with a wireless communication system applicable to various applications in the field of sensors and the Internet of Things. (IoT)”, is it added.
It should be noted that GAIAPrint explains that “there is currently no electronic solution on the market that is compatible with a large number of different types of sensors, limiting their implementation in different fields”, therefore “the fact of requiring a device specific for the measurement of each different quantity implies a high cost, as well as an additional complexity when it comes to its integration in the same installation”.
Thus, “having a ‘universal2’ device used to capture the measurement of different types of sensors will promote its implementation in all types of applications”.
“Now, after several pilot tests -they continue-, the results of the project have been validated between all the partners, after months of co-creation work”, and they conclude: “the current project is not focused on a specific application, but it will serve as a basis for as many future applications as possible After the development of the project, it will be possible to know the capabilities and limits of this mixed device, and therefore, to be able to identify the applications where it presents the most competitive advantages”.
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