Sol Chip combines solar power with microchip technology to harvest light energy for powering autonomous low-energy devices.
Sol Chip has developed a solar-charged battery and microchip to create a low-power Internet of Things communication module. With an integrated and rechargeable battery, Sol Chip’s products store solar energy, allowing continuous energy supply to low-power devices. Incorporating the battery into the chip-manufacturing process reduces overall system operation costs by more than 60% compared to market alternatives, and eliminates the need for battery replacements, according to the company.
Sol Chip’s products are being integrated into smart streetlights in Israel, where the aim is to give lamp posts their own IP address and the option to install motion sensors, pollution sensors and cameras.
Why you should care
The Internet of Things has the potential to connect more than 20 billion ‘things’ and devices to the internet by 2020. By integrating solar charging, storage and microprocessing abilities into a product that facilitates the development of autonomous and connected sensors, this innovation eliminates the constant need for new batteries, thus reducing environmental hazards and waste.