11 January 2011
SolarPrint, a leading photovoltaic (PV) energy technology developer based in Ireland, today expands the possibilities of next-generation energy harvesting for wireless sensors with the launch of its dye-sensitised solar cell (DSSC) technology.
SolarPrint’s DSSC technology, which is integrated into wireless sensors to improve harvesting efficiencies of commercial applications, pushes the boundaries of existing PV solutions and increases the power output performance of indoor PV solutions dramatically.
Energy harvesting technologies, where energy is derived from external sources such as ambient or diffused light and then captured and stored, are an increasingly common focus for energy efficiency management systems, but the capabilities of current solar solutions being used within wireless sensors have reached their performance ceiling. SolarPrint’s technology enables higher functionality and offers the ability to scale more power-hungry wireless solutions such as multi sensors, than has heretofore been possible with existing solar technology. Wireless sensors deployed throughout a building can monitor everything from humidity and temperature to air quality and lighting levels.
SolarPrint’s technology, which mimics photosynthesis, is tuned to harness ambient or diffused light regardless of the incident angle, enabling it to produce a higher power output than other PV technologies. When applied to commercial applications, SolarPrint’s technology can reduce the size of the sensor or increase the power available to the sensor by up to 15 percent, with the potential to exceed this level of performance.