The IoT low power electronics ecosystem is here… we are part of it!

Ultra-low power solutions are available now for power management, communications (BLE, LoRAWAN, NB-IoT…), sensors, energy harvesting. Our engineers can help you select the appropriate batteries for your solution.

Design Centre

Talk to our team if your device needs a power solution in order to:

  • Drive communications protocols such as BlueTooth Low Energy, LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, MedRadio...
  • Use energy harvesting to increase your product's life
  • Operate at high and low temperatures
  • Lower leakage current

Collaborations

  • Horizon 2020 "AMANDA" project: The project objective is to use a combination of Stereax batteries and photovoltaic cells from Lightricity to power a smart sensing card with multi-sensing capabilities covering imaging, CO2 sensing and temperature measurement. In addition, the card will be designed with security features to ensure low vulnerability, user and device authentication, intrusion prevention and detection and overall enhanced cyber-secure operation. The device will be designed for deployment in smart cities (air quality management), smart homes (indoor air quality and comfort), smart work places (indoor comfort, occupancy and productivity) and industrial environments (HSE monitoring during inspection activities).
  • Ilika and WindTak are collaborating to design a Smart Vortex Generator (VG) for Wind Turbine Blades, incorporating vibration sensor, BLE communication and an autonomous power circuit including a 2 mAh rechargeable solid state battery and vibration harvesting. The smart VG can sense changes in the vibration frequency spectrum of the blade, and provide a signature related to potential cracks, delamination, erosion… and avoid loss of operation until the next scheduled maintenance stop. WindTak’s first generation VG can, when placed on the blade, increase the efficiency of turbine operation by 1-3% equating to a saving to the operator of up to $20,000/year.

  • Ilika and Plastic Logic are collaborating to design a self-powered prototype display, based on Plastic Logic’s flexible, glass-free EPD technology. The autonomous power pack harvests energy from ambient light but also operates via a thin Stereax M250 solid state battery at low light levels or after significant periods in the dark. All components have been selected to yield a thin device, a few mm thickness. In Direct Charge mode (using energy collected by the solar panel), the device can provide 15 updates every hour at 300 lux; whilst in the dark or very low light, the device can keep updating approximately 60 times until the battery is fully discharged.

  • Innovate UK funded "PETS" program : In this 18-month project, self-powered sensors for monitoring key parameters affecting the performance of the railway infrastructure (load, temperature, shock) will be developed, deployed, tested and evaluated. The sensors will combine Ilika's Stereax solid state battery technology and SCT’s novel ultra-low power sensor platform, and will be wirelessly connected to Network Rail's existing condition monitoring platform. The self-powered sensors will be maintenance free and will generate data 24/7, 365 days per year.

  • Innovate UK funded "SmartBLADE" program has just ended: The primary objective of this project was to develop an integrated smart sensor powered by a combined vibration harvester and a Stereax battery, to be incorporated into the composite structure of wind turbine blades. Read more about the findings of this project and results of field trial at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult here.

Ecosystem Partners

Cairdac
Cairdac

Our partners developing the world's first autonomous leadless pacing system

FRABA
FRABA

Collaborating in the area power management with energy harvesting

Teliatry
Teliatry

Our partner developing next-generation minimally invasive, implantable medical device systems

Cirtec
Cirtec

Collaborating with this leading global provider of outsourced medical device and components design, engineering and manufacturing

WindTak
WindTak

Partnering to design a Smart Vortex Generator for wind turbine blades powered by a solid state battery and energy harvesting

Lightricity
Lightricity

Our local collaborator for ultra-efficient indoor solar cells

Plastic Logic
Plastic Logic

Collaborating on developing smart autonomous e-ink displays

CERTH
CERTH

Our partner in the AMANDA project focusing on AI, data fusion and cyber security

e-peas
e-peas

Collaborating in the area of power management with energy harvesting

Penta
Penta

Our partner in the AMANDA program develops solutions in the area of public transportation and the field of smart cities

Microdul
Microdul

Our partner in the AMANDA project provides custom micro-electronic development and manufacturing

ultraPower
ultraPower

Collaborating in the area of ultrasound charging

ZHAW
ZHAW

Our partners in the AMANDA project focusing on wireless communications and localisation

Tyndall Institute
Tyndall Institute

Collaborating in the area of TEG and PMIC

imec
imec

Our partner in the AMANDA project

Demonstrators

Ilika has developed demonstrators that show its Stereax solid state batteries powering a range of sensors and wireless devices, including: 

Perpetual Beacon for Smart Homes

This demonstrates the ability of the Stereax M250 solid state battery to power a real device within the Internet of Things. This device is an autonomous sensing device of minimal size which measures temperature data at regular intervals and transmits the data using Bluetooth Low Energy to an app. The app displays temperature information and the battery’s charge state, plus indicates if heating needs to be started or stopped. This very small device replicates sensors for Smart Homes, where the data could also be sent to a hub for automated control.

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