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HaRFest project successfully develops printed energy harvesting device

Powered by near-field communication (NFC) technology, the device will draw energy from the user's mobile telephone, facilitating the wider adoption of NFC-enabled printed electronic components

24 Oct 2016 | Editor

Powered by near-field communication (NFC) technology, the device will draw energy from the user's mobile telephone, facilitating the wider adoption of NFC-enabled printed electronic components

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and HaRFest partners have announced they have successfully completed a project to create a novel printed energy harvesting device, which will play an important role in the development of packaging with electronic functionality.

Powered by near-field communication (NFC) technology, the device will draw energy from the user's mobile telephone, facilitating the wider adoption of NFC-enabled printed electronic components. This technology is essential for realising the Internet of Things, a world in which smart objects sense information about their environment, process this information to respond appropriately, and communicate with individuals or other electronic devices.

The 18 month Innovate UK funded project, entitled "HaRFest", was led by PragmatIC Printing Ltd, a long time CPI collaborator and global leader in flexible electronics.

Project partners were CPI, PragmatIC, The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics, The University of Cambridge, and The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (Swansea University).

CPI shared its printed electronics knowhow and expertise with all partners, and as a result of the project has developed a deep understanding of the processing techniques and technologies involved in facilitating smart packaging.

The resulting harvesting device houses a printed antenna alongside printed passive and active components, including an array of tuning capacitors. The device can be tuned to resonant frequency in order to maximise harvested power output.`,/p`.

Without the harvesting device it would not be possible to incorporate printed electronic capability into thin substrates such as packaging due to the requirement for power from thicker and less flexible batteries.

This next generation of printed electronic functionality enables product designers to embed electronics into their designs, creating innovative components that are low cost, smarter, lightweight and wireless.

Richard Price, Chief Technology Officer at PragmatIC, said, "HaRFest addressed a wide range of potentially high volume applications identified by PragmatIC’s customers, and we look forward to progressing commercial discussions based on the project’s achievements."

Flexible energy harvesting devices such as this have a key role to play in high value industries such as pharmaceuticals, where smart packaging that incorporates printed sensors and NFC technology enables manufacturers to improve supply chain monitoring and prevent counterfeiting, and provides customers with usage instructions, quality assurance and shelf life assessment. Potential applications for encouraging brand loyalty are also numerous within the FMCG sector, from incorporating moving or flashing images into interactive point-of-sale advertising and smart packaging, to facilitating the collection of loyalty points.

Source: CPI

www.pragmaticprinting.com    www.cam.ac.uk    www.uk-cpi.com    www.swansea.ac.uk    www-large-area-electronics.eng.cam.ac.uk   


About Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We use applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable our partners to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

Our open innovation model enables companies to develop products and prove processes with minimal risk. We provide assets and expertise so our partners can demonstrate the process before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training. New products and processes can be shown to be feasible; on paper, in the lab and in the plant before being manufactured at an industrial scale.

By utilising our proven assets and expertise companies can take their products and processes to market faster. There is no downtime in production as all of the process development is completed offsite and our technology transfer and engineering teams can help companies to transfer the product or process into full-scale production at speed.

Source: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)


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