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The Latest Technologies for Energy Harvesting

Available On Demand Until December 4, 2019

This 60-minute Webinar on energy harvesting is part of the Technical Webinar Series from the editors of Tech Briefs Media. Three experts will look at the latest technologies related to this important subject area.

Jeff Crystal of Voltaic Systems will explore energy harvesting with solar panel / Li-ion battery hybrids, examining the deployment of hybrid solutions that combine solar PV panels with industrial grade Li-ion batteries to deliver a long-term renewable power supply. This topic is important because the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being powered by remote wireless networks that monitor external environments along with factory automation and control applications. In instances where daily energy consumption can quickly deplete a primary (non-rechargeable) battery, various forms of energy harvesting should be considered – most commonly combining solar PV panels with rechargeable Li-ion batteries to store the harvested energy, resulting in a renewable and environmentally friendly power supply.

Christian Fell of POSITAL-FRABA will discuss harvesting energy for low-power electronics, focusing on technology for harvesting small amounts of electrical energy (up to 200 nanojoules per cycle) from mechanical motion. Engineers and scientists have been on the lookout for ways to enable stand-alone devices to collect small amounts of energy from the surrounding physical environment to power isolated electronic circuits. Using low-power design to minimize power consumption is beneficial to all remote wireless applications.

In devices that have to be used reliably for years or even decades, in harsh environments, the use of industrial grade batteries are crucial and essential. Sol Jacobs of Tadiran Batteries will examine the use of batteries for long-life remote devices in harsh environments by explaining the differences between industrial and commercial batteries and their use with energy harvesting.

A Q&A will follow the technical presentations.


Jeff Crystal, COO, Voltaic Systems

Jeff Crystal is the COO of Voltaic Systems. He collaborates with customers in the design of off-grid IoT systems. His background includes software startups and management consulting, with a biomedical engineering degree from Tulane University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Christian Fell, COO and VP, Technology & Custom Solutions, POSITAL-FRABA


Christian Fell is COO and VP of Technology & Custom Solutions at POSITAL-FRABA. He joined FRABA in 2000 and became an equity partner in 2007. He has led the company’s American operations since 2008. He has a master’s degree in physics from the Gerhard Mercator University, Duisburg, Germany, and a diploma in medical physics from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

Sol Jacobs, VP and GM, Tadiran Batteries       

Sol Jacobs is the Vice President and General Manager of Tadiran Batteries. He has more than 30 years of experience in powering remote devices. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA.


Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media


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