Internet of Things gadgets are proliferating, making day by day duties extra handy for many individuals—however that comes at price. The United Nations expects the quantity of e-waste created globally to achieve 52.2 million metric tons this yr, and a large portion of which are useless batteries.
Dracula Technologies, a French startup that’s at present exhibiting nearly at Computex, needs to assist with its inkjet-printed natural photovoltaic (OPV, or natural solar cells) know-how. Called LAYER (or Light As Your Energetic Response), Dracula Technologies’ OPV modules run indoors on pure or synthetic ambient light, and can be utilized to energy low-consumption indoor gadgets. Because they’re printed and never product of silicon, the OPV modules’ form is extra customizable and, not like many batteries, it doesn’t use uncommon earths or heavy metals. Instead, the modules are created from carbon-based materials.
In addition to being higher for the setting, LAYER can also be extra economical—the corporate claims it will possibly cut back the entire price of possession by 4 occasions in comparison with batteries.
Dracula Technologies is at present working with producers, together with a partnership with Japanese semiconductor firm Renesas Electronics and AND Technology Research (ANDtr) to create a self-powering, battery-less IoT system that may ship messages via BLE to a cellular app.
Dracula Technologies was based in 2011, after a venture in collaboration with the CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternate options, or the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), a public analysis group. Chief govt officer Brice Cruchon noticed the tech’s business potential and after six years of analysis and improvement, LAYER was launched via the Hello Tomorrow program for deep tech startups
So far, Dracula Technologies has raised a complete of 4.4 million euros (about $5.4 million USD), together with a 2 million euros spherical in 2016 from angel traders for a pilot line, and a pair of.4 million euros raised final yr from MGI Digital and ISRA Cards, which Dracula Technologies is utilizing to extend the manufacturing of its photovoltaic modules throughout its pre-industrialization stage. The firm plans to maneuver to its industrial section in 2024, with the purpose of manufacturing hundreds of thousands of modules per yr.
MGI Digital, a digital printing and ending tech firm, and ISRA Cards, which makes high-value digital playing cards (like licenses or present and loyalty playing cards), are Dracula Technologies’ industrial companions. It can also be a part of the Solar Impulse Foundation’s #1000 Solutions, a information to inexperienced energy options that may be carried out on a big scale.